According to Charlotte Bronte, an interpreter should have shielded her sister from the outside world. This is exactly what Frances O’Connor’s riveting debut feature film Emily strives to do, and it is one of the reasons why it is so successful.
Emily Bront is an intriguing figure who has, for a significant amount of time, been considered a mystery by biographers. This is because there is so little information accessible about her life. In contrast to many novelists working in the 19th century, she did not keep a diary. As a result, the most of the material that has been recorded about her life comes from Charlotte, who was her older sister.
She did, however, leave behind one book that enthralled a generation of readers, making her the perfect subject for actress-turned-director O’Connor to fill in the blanks regarding Emily’s brief and solitary life by fusing fact and speculation. In the film, Emily, the actress-turned-director fills in the blanks regarding Emily’s life by focusing on the book that she left behind.
Despite the film’s fictional nature, O’Connor constructs a captivating story that reflects Emily’s dynamic personality as readers have come to view it through her famous work, Wuthering Heights. If you’re looking for a biographical film, this probably isn’t the one for you.
The story of Emily begins with Charlotte, who at first mistook the title of the book for “How did you do it? She inquires of her sister, describing the situation as “low and vile.” What inspired you to write Wuthering Heights?
The storyline of the movie is now well under way, and we are going to follow Emily (who is being portrayed by Emma Mackey, who was in the show Sex Education), as she discovers the people and places that served as her inspiration and fights against a culture that seeks to restrict her creativity.
Emily is the most reticent member of her family, which is one of the reasons why her relatives refer to her as “the strange one.” She would rather hide away in the nearby moors of Howarth, where she can write poems and stories, than go out into the world and meet new people, whom her prim and proper sisters consider to be “childish.”
It doesn’t take long before her father, who is very conservative, suggests that she take French lessons with William Weightman, who is the new curate at their church (Oliver Jackson-Cohen from The Haunting of Hill House). Despite Emily’s initial mistrust of William’s Byronic allure, the two swiftly commence a secret love affair that is as passionate and deadly as that of Cathy and Heathcliff. The affair lasts for as long as Cathy and Heathcliff did.
O’Connor does an excellent job of incorporating the gothic themes that are prevalent throughout Emily’s literature, despite the fact that the similarities to Wuthering Heights can at times be a little too obvious.
This is seen in one of the most famous scenes from the movie, in which Emily acts out the role of her late mother’s ghost while playing a masked guessing game with her brothers and William. This scene is one of the most talked about in the film. She even goes so far as to almost convince us that she is truly possessed, which is quite an accomplishment.
Along with their sibling rivalry and her forbidden love for William, the bond between Emily and her brother Branwell, played by Dunkirk’s Fionn Whitehead, is created. This relationship is the most compelling aspect of the story. Instead of trying to diminish Emily’s one-of-a-kind qualities, he uses his “freedom in mind” ideology to motivate and encourage her.
It’s possible that he isn’t the best example to follow. They appear to be the only two characters who totally understand one another, despite the fact that he deals with his own problems, introduces his sister to alcohol and opiates, and involves her in his mischievous activities. They appear to be the only two characters who thoroughly understand one another. Watching it is both a joy and an emotional experience.
Emma Mackey portrays Emily’s anger and drive perfectly. William is Emily’s main ally, and Mackey and Oliver Jackson-Cohen have chemistry.
Nanu Segal immerses the spectator in Emily’s surroundings with dreary weather and huge moors. Abel Korzeniowski’s powerful soundtrack helps picture Emily Bronte’s settings.
Wuthering Heights may have been imagined. Emily’s life was brief. By merging real life and art, O’Connor convinces us she could have lived it too.