Professionally acted and masterfully constructed, Jane & Emma is an amazing movie. It made me laugh. ("Brother James? I ain't come for your tithing" when she calls the man she will eventually marry by the more formal title.) And it made me cry. But more than that, my heart was touched. ("I am a child of God, just like you.") This movie is well-written, giving the audience much to think about. I love how it shows sisterhood, mistakes, forgiveness, and faith. The music is moving and hauntingly beautiful. This is one powerful movie I will watch again and again.
The worst LDS-geared movie I’ve ever seen. The plot line was flat and lackluster. The actor who played Joseph Smith was so creepy that I thought he was gonna try to assault Jane at some point (shouldn’t they have had a more quality actor playing a prophet of God, not some B-movie actor?) The acting was melancholy and mediocre and lacked depth. The costuming looked like it was done by a young women’s group using McCall’s costume patterns and Walmart fabric. And Joseph Smith died in June 1844.... the middle of summer, so why were the outdoor scenes filmed in what looks like late winter?
Maybe T.C. Christensen’s films set too high of a bar for me. I don’t know.
Unlike most (all?) other reviewers here, I’m not Mormon. I watched this movie because I’m very interested in 19th Century American history, and the history of the LDS church and Mormons’ migration west in particular. Jane and Emma is a great fictional story, set within the context of this history. It absolutely captivated me. I deeply appreciate the efforts the filmmakers made to be faithful to the history as they understand it.
The single complaint I have with this film is that, since I’m not Mormon, I found some of the events and dialog difficult to follow. I found myself pausing the movie to do relevant Google searches a few times. Watching it with those Google search pauses turned out to be a very satisfying learning experience for me. However, I wonder how many non-Mormons will go to the trouble to learn as they watch, as I did.