Yes, Tuesday Toon since I missed Music Monday because events occurred that made me think Monday might have been a continuation of Sunday and I don’t participate in Sunday Symphony (does anyone? curious minds). Excuses, excuses, excuses!
Anyway, the other night I watched the newest version of Emma starring Anya Taylor-Joy (whom I’d just recently seen in The Queen’s Gambit, which, if you haven’t watched, you should. It makes chess exciting! (that statement you may disregard if you already find chess exciting 😉 . BTW, I read the novel of The Queen’s Gambit a few weeks ago and the miniseries is very true to the text albeit for a few changes for dramatic purposes and to seemingly make it relevant to current audiences.) (I am one for tangents today!) This version of Emma completely made me forget that I’d ever seen the one with Gwyneth Paltrow (which may be unfair considering the stellar cast so I may have to reinvestigate that one). Anya Taylor-Joy is stunning to me. She manages to convey so much with just a simple expression. And, of course, Emma (2020) has one of my favorite character actors in Bill Nighy, who manages to almost steal every scene he’s in and make you laugh by raising an eyebrow.
Folksinger/actor Johnny Flynn stars as Mr. Knightley. While initially that casting wasn’t completely obvious to me (despite having a crush on him in the movie he did with Anne Hathaway Song One) until I started watching and then I was right there. Oh, yeah, that casting works. (swoon?)
The music in Emma is quite different from what I would have expected but again, it definitely works. As the last credits flow across the screen, we are treated to the song “Queen Bee” written and performed by Johnny Flynn, which I’ll now share with you after a very long-winded (wink) introduction. Enjoy.
Though my heart has long been given to you
Summer’s turn is nigh
Swifts and swallows swoop and yearn for you
With all that’s in the sky
But blow the wind and come the rain and come my love againSongwriters: Johnny Fynn