OUT NOW / CERT U 125 MINS
DIRECTOR Autumn de Wilde CAST Anya Taylor-joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Josh O’connor
Pop promo director Autumn de Wilde’s take on Jane Austen’s mischievous matchmaker never really finds its feet. Tonally all over the place (often during the same scene), Anya Taylor-joy never truly captures the character’s capricious nature as she guides the love life of friend Harriet Smith (Goth) while sparring with neighbour George Knightley (Flynn, intense). The first half wants to be light but the static staging — it shoots for a Wes Anderson-y stylized aesthetic — and performances lack the verve and spirit to pull it off. The film fares better when it moves into more emotional territory, but never totally takes flight. Amy Heckerling’s Clueless — Emma in the Valley — remains the big-screen benchmark.