Terry Hunter reviews EMILY

Updated: Mar. 5, 2023 at 4:16 PM HST
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The new movie, EMILY, stars Emma Mackey as Emily Bronte, the 19th century British novelist who wrote WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Her performance is the best thing about it. Mackey was raised in France, educated in Britain and now lives in London, but her fine acting in this film may soon earn her an invitation to Hollywood. Here, she plays a free spirited young woman who longs to be free of the many restrictions she lives with as the daughter of a strict clergyman in a very repressed household. EMILY offers beautiful cinematography and a great musical score, but if you’ve never heard of WUTHERING HEIGHTS, let alone read it, you might not like this film. The movie is part fiction, part biography. Australian director Frances O’Connor has invented a brief, forbidden romance for her main character that resembles the tortured love story in WUTHERING HEIGHTS, the only novel Emily wrote during her brief life. EMILY is showing in Honolulu at Kahala Mall. (Mackey’s breakthrough role was as Mauve, a world weary teenager in the British streaming series, SEX EDUCATION on Netflix.)