EMMA.*CUT TO THE CHASE*
NOTE: This spoiler was submitted by Jeremy
The film opens by introducing Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy), described as “handsome, clever, and rich.” She goes to bring flowers to her friend, Ms. Taylor, as she is set to marry that day. Emma attends the wedding with her father (Bill Nighy). She takes credit for setting Ms. Taylor up with her new husband. At the wedding, Emma finds herself pestered by Ms. Bates (Miranda Hart) and her constant chatter, while also discussing Frank Churchill (Callum Turner), the son of Mr. Weston (Rupert Graves) with her father.
The Woodhouses are later visited in their Hartfield home by Mr. George Knightley (Johnny Flynn), who is her sister’s brother-in-law. He and Emma also discuss Frank’s absence from the wedding, with their conversation sounding argumentative.
Emma’s friend Harriet Smith (Mia Goth) pays her a visit. Harriet comes from a boarding school where she met the Martin sisters, and their farmer brother Robert (Connor Swindells) pursued Harriet. Emma takes Harriet to meet the local vicar, Mr. Philip Elton (Josh O’Connor), in an attempt to pair them together. On their way back to Emma’s home, Harriet suggests that she marry next, but Emma has no interest in a married or working life.
While at a dress shop, Emma and Harriet are met by Ms. Bates, who shares another story about her niece, Jane Fairfax (Amber Anderson), who is said to be very accomplished. Emma tires of hearing Ms. Bates talk about Jane, as she tends to repeat her stories. As they walk back, Harriet stops to chat with Robert, to Emma’s dismay.
Emma later draws Harriet’s likeness as a gift to Mr. Elton, who has it framed. After a talk with Mr. Knightley, Robert asks for Harriet’s hand in marriage, which excites her, even though Emma attempts to talk her out of it to set her up with Mr. Elton. Mr. Knightley hears about Harriet turning Robert down, which he argues with Emma about.
Emma, her father, Mr. Knightley, and others attend a dinner party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cole, where more arguments and prodding at Emma’s love life occur, but she shares laughs and conversation with Mr. Knightley. After the dinner, Emma rides a coach home with Mr. Elton, who attempts to make a pass at her, as he believed that Emma was in love with him. She turns him down and tells him she was trying to get him with Harriet. Emma later tells Harriet about this, but she does not hold it against Emma. However, she does attempt to burn the picture ofher, but instead only throws the frame into the fireplace since Mr. Elton gave it to her.
Jane comes to visit, and much attention is brought to her many accomplishments over a dinner that Ms. Bates throws. Jane shows off her musical talent by singing and playing the piano. Emma has a clear envy over Jane’s success and education, given that they are the same age.
Emma and Harriet are met by Robert and his sisters, and it is clear that he still loves Harriet, and she feels the same, regretful for rejecting him.
Frank comes to visit his family for an extended stay. Emma spends some time with him as accompanies him into town and to gathering where Jane has received a piano from a mysterious admirer, suggested to be Mr. Knightley. This appears to irk Emma.
At another wedding, Mr. Elton brings his new wife, Mrs. Augusta Elton (Tanya Reynolds), whom he met during a brief stay in Bath. Everyone later attends a ball thrown by the Westons, where Mr. Elton publicly snubs Harriet for a dance, reducing her to tears. Mr. Knightley steps in and offers himself to dance with Harriet, which cheers her up. Emma then shares a dance with Mr. Knightley, and their attraction toward one another appears more obvious, but Emma leaves before Mr. Knightley can tell her anymore of how he feels.
Emma joins everyone at a trip to Mr. Knightley’s abbey. During a chat, Emma casually insults Ms. Bates and deeply offends her, creating a major tension. After everyone else leaves, Mr. Knightley scolds Emma for her behavior, causing her to feel great shame and make her cry. She later goes to visit Ms. Bates and Jane to make amends with a basket of food.
Emma later learns from the Westons that Frank has had to leave due to the passing of his aunt, but it is also revealed that he and Jane had been secretly engaged, and it was he who delivered her the piano. When Emma tells Harriet about the engagement, she thinks Harriet will be upset over a believed love for Frank, but she was in love with Mr. Knightley. Harriet then realizes that Emma feels something for him and is upset since she had listened to her about not marrying Robert. Harriet leaves upset, and Emma feels worse.
Emma is approached by Mr. Knightley, who tries to console her over her sadness. He confesses his love and proposes to her, but Emma cannot accept until she has made amends with Harriet. She pays Robert a visit and tries to explain herself over her actions. Robert then goes to propose to Harriet again, and she accepts.
Emma and Mr. Knightley finally give in to their mutual affections and become engaged. They are later married, with many of their closest friends and family in attendance.
Emma Woodhouse is a rich, beautiful, and vain woman who meddles in the love affairs of her friends. She dissuades her friend Harriet Smith from marrying a good farmer named Robert Smith in favor of the vicar Mr. Elton. However, Mr. Elton attempts to court Emma, who does not reciprocate his feelings.
Emma finds herself attracted to Mr. George Knightley, but also considers a relationship with Frank Churchill.
After Emma's actions make her realize she has been less than kind, she makes amends to Harriet and gets Robert to propose to her again, which she accepts. Emma ends up marrying Mr. Knightley.