Jane Hayes’s (Keri Russell) adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era. Armed with her bonnet, corset and needlepoint, Jane strives to avoid spinsterhood … but has a difficult time determining where fantasy ends and real life—and maybe even love—begins. Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) and Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers) also star in this charming romantic comedy.
So, I’m going to confess here and now. I broke my own book-to-movie rule. I watched Austenland before reading the book. I was browsing Amazon for Christmas gifts and spotted it on sale and decided to gift to myself. So, Happy Christmas to me! Although I did receive Austenland and Midnight at Austenland as gifts, so I will be reading them as soon as I have a break in my reading schedule.
The movie was silly, and goofy, and laugh-out-loud-until-you-gigglesnort type of funny and I totally loved it.
Jane Hayes (played by Keri Russell) is completely and utterly obsessed with Jane Austen to the point her house is decked out in Darcy. She finally decides she’s going to take the jump and go to Austenland, an immersive Jane Austen resort where guests are thrown into the Regency experience. Honestly, given the chance, most Austenites would jump at this chance. Although Jane has made a deal with her best friend: if Austenland doesn’t meet her expectations, she will give up her obsession.
Not realizing that by purchasing the lower ‘copper’ package she would be treated as the ‘poor relation’, Jane soon starts realizing Austenland isn’t quite what she imaged. However, she soon starts developing a relationship with the chauffer/farmhand, Martin. Meanwhile, it seems that she and Mr. Henry Nobly, the pseudo Darcy are intent to squabble although neither man is who they seem.
Keri Russell played this part perfectly and Jennifer Coolidge with her brilliant comedic timing truly made this a laugh out loud movie. I loved the interaction between Elizabeth Charming (Coolidge) and Colonel Andrews.
There were so many hilarious moments stuffed inside 97 minutes. The pacing and casting were brilliant. I think every Jane Austen fan should have this movie in their possession.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Austenland and I have a feeling that this movie will be well watched. If I could change anything about it, I would have made it a bit longer. I wanted to know a little bit more about what happened after the ending.
I’m really eager to read the book now. And hopefully there will be a second movie.
Details: Austenland, 2013, Sony Pictures, $19.99, Purchased, 96 minutes, Rating: 4 Crowns
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