Lots of people find watching films one of the best ways of
spending their leisure time.
Due to numerous video facilities, which have emerged in
this country over the past years, we have a chance to watch the
most popular and new films. Sitting in a comfortable armchair
one can enjoy watching detective stories and westerns, horror
films or screen versions of books.
As for me, I am like all my friends always impressed by
films screened after a book. Moreover, I find it enjoyable to
reread the book which I don't remember very well to be able to
compare it with the screen version.
The film "Emma" with Gwyneth Paltrow as a leading
actress is the screen version of the book written by the popular
English woman-writer Jane Austene in 1816.
Although many books of Jane Austene are about finding
the perfect husband, she never married. She lived most of her
life with her mother and sister.
The plot of this film tells us about a very attractive and
clever woman. Emma decides that she wants to help people to
have a life that is as perfect as hers. When she meets Harriet
who is not as bright as she is and not as cultured as she is,
Emma decides to try to improve her and help her find love.
Harriet is admired by Robert Martin, a local farmer. Harriet
likes him too but Emma does not think he is good enough for
her and tells her to reject him.
Emma tries to match Harriet with someone else called
Mr. Elton who is the local vicar. Unfortunately, the vicar does
not fall in love with Harriet. He falls in love with Emma
instead. Emma angrily rejects him. Emma is not always perfect.
She often makes mistakes. One of the most memorable scenes
in the film occurs at a picnic. Emma is irritated by a woman
who is very boring so she tells her how boring she is.
During the film, Emma argues a lot with Mr. Knightley
but then she discovers that she is in love with him.
Unfortunately, she is not the only one. Harriet is in love with
Luckily, the story ends happily for everyone. The film is
very amusing. My dream now is to read this book in the
original, that is, in English.
1. What is one of the best way of spending our leisure
2. What are many books of Jane Austene about?
3. What does the plot of the film "Emma" tell us about?
4. Why is the film "Emma" amusing?