Thursday, October 3, 2013

Austenland: Monday, September 30 2013

A light, romantic comedy, Austenland lives up to that description. Directed by Jerusha Hess, the film is based on the 2007 novel of the same name, by Shannon Hale.

Jane Hayes, played by Keri Russell, is a 30-something single woman, obsessed by Jane Austin's 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice, and especially with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. She heads off to Austenland in England, and her fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman, in the shape of Mr. Henry Nobley played by JJ Feild,  are fulfilled, as in an Austen novel.

Jane Austin realistic, often ironic, novels were social commentary on her times, and have gained her a place in history as one of England's great writers. This film doesn't even pretend to be any of this.

I felt the female lead was a little bit old to still be living in fantasy land. A teenager, or even a twenty-year-old, I could perhaps believe, but a 30-something middle-aged woman: immature to say the least! Anyway, to play along with the story, my friend Carolyn and I laughed at the hackneyed situations and jokes, and enjoyed the movie. I particularly liked Jennifer Coolidge: she was fun to watch.

I felt like light entertainment, that didn't call on me to think at all, and this is what I got.

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