Going into this film I just wasn’t sure. I’m not a Jane Austen fan so I didn’t know how I would feel about a movie based on a woman who is obsessed with Pride and Prejudice. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. Although it was a typical romantic comedy; the story was clever and entertaining.
The film begins with Mrs. Wattlesbrook (Jane Seymour) who invites everyone to Austenland while holding her fake lamb. The next scene introduces Jane Haynes (Keri Russell) who is a huge Jane Austen fan and is madly in love with Mr. Darcy. Her entire apartment is Mr. Darcy and she rereads Pride and Prejudice continuously. She hasn’t been successful in her love life with finding a Mr. Darcy so she decides to go to Austenland where she might have better luck. Once there, she meets Miss Charming (Jennifer Coolidge) and the comedy begins. Miss Charming and Jane start their new lives in Austenland for the next couple of weeks. In Austenland, Mrs. Wattlebrook chooses a fictional character for the patrons to impersonate and form a relationship with one of the actors. There is a fictional Mr. Darcy (J.J. Field) named Mr. Nobly, but Jane finds herself sneaking around with Martin (Bret McKenzie), the man working in the stables. Mr. Nolby is starting to pay attention to her as well. Things get complicated when Jane has to determine what is fictional and what is real in her heart and theirs.
The film had a lot of comedy and it was very over the top at times, but in a good way. This was all thanks to Miss Charming (Jennifer Coolidge). I’m pretty sure that character was made for her. For Keri Russell’s character, I wasn’t a big fan. I felt she was the wrong actress for the female lead and at times was very bland. The supporting actors and actresses made the movie for me. They were fantastic in their roles and who doesn’t love J.J. Field?
Overall, the film was entertaining and creative. It’s definitely for book lovers of Jane Austen as there were many references to different characters in her other books. People will enjoy it more if they Jane Austen fans. For me, it was an hour and a half of entertainment. That being said, I was very impressed with set design and costumes. It truly made the audience feel like they were in the 1800’s.
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What five year old spent her weekends watching Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and Star Wars? <====THIS CHICK! I started working at 14 so I could go to movies or rent movies from the local video store. I’m pretty sure that’s why I’m still working.
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