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Review: ‘Emily’ is a melancholic tale about the Brontë sister

It’s a dramatic imagining of the life of Emily Bronte and the seeks to explain what the author used as inspiration for her famous novel Wuthering Heights. 

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This is an intriguing story held together well by an exquisitely sober performance by Emma Mackey as Emily herself. The settings, characters and even the weather bring together a gloomy slightly oppressive mood that perfectly matches the gothic tragedy Bronte eventually wrote. 

I enjoyed this movie, but it felt a little laboured in its first half, and I couldn’t quite feel much empathy for Emily herself, yet I can’t really tell you why.  In terms of technical things, I found some of the camera techniques a little jarring and at times tracking shots that made me a little dizzy. 

All over though, it was watchable. 

So how did I score it?

Acting   7 /10

Story/Script 7 /10

Cinematography    6 /10

Set/Costumes   7/10

Entertainment   7 /10

That gives Emily an average score of   6.4 / 10


Starring:   Emma Mackey, Fionn Whitehead, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Alexandra Dowling, Amelia Gething, Adrian Dunbar, Gemma Jones

Directed by: Frances O’Connor

Duration: 130 Minutes

Opens in Australia and New Zealand – 27th October  2022


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