‘Austenland’ Movie Review – A Fun Bit of Silliness
Is it even possible to ever get tired of Jane Austen related movies? If it is then it hasn’t happened to me yet which is why I couldn’t wait to see the latest Jane Austen-esque romantic comedy Austenland.
Starring Keri Russell as Jane Hayes, a 30-something single woman secretly obsessed with all things Jane Austen, the movie follows her on a trip of a lifetime. That trip, which Jane spends all her life savings on, is an English resort catering to Austen–crazed women which provides the ultimate Jane Austen experience. There Jane hopes to meet her very own Mr. Darcy. Of course things take quite a different turn than she expected.
Austenland is based on the novel of the same name by Shannon Hale (who also co-wrote the script), but since I haven’t read it, I can only base my impression on the film itself.
I probably should get this out of the way, but I loved the movie. It was hilarious, it was sweet, it was romantic, it’s like it was made for me. And for Jane Austen fans, chances are you’ll really appreciate it too.
The story itself is nothing that you haven’t seen before in a romantic comedy, but I do have to commend the film for including some twists and frivolous yet hilarious moments. It definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously which only adds to its charm.
However, the real jewel of the film is its cast. Keri Russell is absolutely adorable and perfect in the role of Jane Hayes. After seeing her as the hardcore Elizabeth Jennings in FX’s The Americans, it was thrilling to see her as a sweet character again.
Jennifer Coolidge who plays Jane’s new friend Miss Elizabeth Charming, was a great comic relief to the film. JJ Feild, who plays Mr. Henry Nobley and Bret McKenzie who plays Martin were also both a pleasure to watch, but I don’t want to say too much about their characters so as not to spoil the fun. But I must mention my absolute favorite, James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) who plays Colonel Andrews and is the most hilarious character in the film. I found myself looking forward to his next scene and crazy antics.
Austenland really comes together to provide a fun and entertaining time and that if nothing else, is bound to put a smile on your face. I highly recommend it for Jane Austen and romance fans who could do with a bit of silliness in their lives.
Austenland is now in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and will expand nationally throughout late August / early September.