There is more in the A&E Emma from the book, and I am glad that Mr. John Knightly and family have more of a presence (and some lines!) in this film. Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax were excellent in this film, and I only wish that I could somehow get them into the Mirimax version.
Kate Beckinsale does a good job of playing the immature snob Emma, who thinks she knows what she is doing with other people's lives and is very conceited about it, but rather blind to her own faults and who succeeds only in making a fool of herself.
The disappointments are Mr. Elton, who cannot seem to get the frown off his face, and Mr. Knightly, who seems so harsh and angry and cranky that one is rather put off by him. And by the time you get used to him, it is the end of the film. There did not seem to be a spark between him and Emma. One may be surprised that they even wanted to marry each other. I think the Mirimax Emma did a better job of warming up the relationship.
Mrs. Elton does a good job at being annoying, but I was rather disappointed at her accent. It sounded like she was shifting accents, a bit of high-class British accent here, a word or two that sounded American-- I couldn't quite figure it out.