#EMMA and #TheWayBack – Movie Reviews

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Emma. – Review

Emma. – Budget Unknown – 2 hours and 4 minutes

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Emma Woodhouse is a 21-year-old woman with no plans to marry.  She is described as handsome, clever, and rich.  She believes women only marry for money, employment, or consequence.  In her 21 years, she has never been distressed or vexed.  However, Emma loves playing matchmaker.  She matched her sister, Isabel and her governess.  When her friend, Harriet comes to visit, she comes with good news.  She met a suitor named Mr. Martin.  Mr. Martin wants to marry Harriet but Emma tells her he isn’t good enough.  She must find a man that is above her station.  So Harriet refuses his proposal.  Emma believes Mr. Elton is better suited for Harriet and makes arrangements for them to meet.  While Emma thinks she is doing Harriet a service, Mr. Knightley counters her.  He thinks Emma is spoiled, vain, and selfish.  He believes she is steering Harriet wrong.  Also, he hates seeing Emma wait for Mr. Churchill to return her affection.  Mr. Churchill constantly sends letters to Emma telling her that he can’t visit for one reason or another.  Mr. Knightley believes Mr. Churchill is stringing Emma along.  Emma continues to wait but she will be challenged when Harriet has eyes for another man … Mr. Knightley.  If that isn’t enough, Mr. Churchill pops in for a surprise visit.  Then her unknowing rival Jane Fairfax is coming to visit.  Leaving Emma in the middle of two men with Harriet and Jane Fairfax standing in her way.

Based on Emma by Jane Austen, this latest adaptation is funny and accurate in the clothing, set design, and manners (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  While you won’t be doubled over in laughter, you will find a quick chuckle with side-eye glances, polite looks of disgust, and subtle verbal jabs with extreme etiquette.  When watching its easy to see how this movie inspired teen movies like Clueless.  This is a good matinee movie if you like period pieces or Jane Austen. Everyone else should wait for Vudu.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

That was a terrible day – Mr. Woodhouse

Can we be friends – Mr. Knightley

I have yet to be proven wrong – Emma

I hope I can remember the tune – Jane

Should I refuse him – Harriet

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The Way Back – Review

The Way Back – Budget of $25 million – 1 hour and 48 minutes

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Jack Cunningham drinks to wake up, in the shower, on the job, and a case to go to sleep at night.  His sister Beth is worried about him because people are seeing him at the bar every night.  His estranged wife, Angela, is keeping tabs on his drinking too.  Jack checks his messages and gets one from his old high school principal.  The principal wants him to coach the new boys’ basketball team for Bishop Hayes High School.  The team hasn’t had a good year since Jack played in 1995.  With their current coach’s heart attack, the team is setting up for another bad year.  The principal tells Jack to go home, think about it, and give him an answer in the morning.  Jack practices turning down the principal while drinking a case of beer.  With all his practice, Jack shows up the next morning.  He meets the assistant coach and math teacher, Dan.  Dan would have taken the coaching job but his mother has MS and he has to help take care of her.  Jack sits on the sidelines and watches the boys play.  Jack can’t fathom having so few players on the team.  They have to borrow players from the J.V. team just to practice.  Jack sees their best shooter can’t make a 3-pointer and the best guy on the team doesn’t talk.  With so much on the line, Jack is determined to see these young men win.  Their way back to the playoffs is his way back to life.  When his past comes back to haunt him, will the old Jack resurface?

This feels like an episode of Intervention without the confessionals.  You don’t have a true understanding of how bad Jack’s drinking is until he drinks a case of beer in a few hours.  Then, you witness the bar owner taking him home every night.  There is a moment of parallel in the storyline. Marcus is begging to stay on the team after Jack kicks him off for being late and disobedient.  By the end of the film, Jack’s drinking leads him to a car crash, breaking and entering, and missed practices.  He has to beg to coach the team like Marcus.  Seeing him beg for a second chance to fix his life will rock you to the core.  While some may be dissatisfied with the end, it is an honest reflection of Jack’s lifestyle.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

F**k you. Can you hear me now, coach – Brandon

That makes me an awful person – Angela

Stop swearing. The school has a code of conduct – Jack

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