I'm a recovering Jane Austen fan. When I earned my English degree, I devoured her novels. As I studied the author, I learned that there was more to an Austen novel than what meets the eye, and of the many English authors I had to read she was by far my favorite.
Over the years, I've collected all her novels, in fact, in some cases I have more than one copy. I've watched the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth many, many times. I also have other movies based on Austen books: Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and the list goes on and on.
So you'd better believe when I learned that Austenland was playing close by, I went.
I loved it.
My daughter and I laughed most of the way through. And here's the fun thing, the plot had some unexpected twists and turns, which were delightful.
Austenland was directed by was Jerusha Hess. The story was written by another favorite author of mine, Shannon Hale.
Here's a little about the story:
Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) is obsessed with Jane Austen's stories and especially Mr. Darcy. In fact, every man she dates she compares with her hero, and they never measure up . She even decorates her apartment in old English style (think tea cozy and you'll know what I mean). She learns of an English resort where women can live out their Jane Austen fantasy and become involved in a romance with a Regency-era gentleman. Jane spends her savings and then some to become part of this by-gone era. But it's not everything she'd hoped for, and yet, it's much more.
Other actors you might recognize are Jane Seymour playing Mrs. Wattlesbrook, Jennifer Coolidge playing Miss Elizabeth Charming, J. J. Feild as Mr. Henry Nobley, and Bret McKenzie as Martin.
If you love Jane Austen and you just want to kick back and enjoy yourself go see this film.
Here's the trailer . . .