Austenland

Directed by Jerusha Hess
Starring Bret McKenzie, Georgia King, Jane Seymour

Sony Pictures Home | February 11, 2014 | DVD

Austenland is rated 3 out of 5 by 2.

Video Release: February 11, 2014

Studio: Sony Pictures Home

UPC: 043396433625

Found in: General, Romance

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! I just finished watching this movie and enjoyed it so much, I want to add it to my Austen movie collection. I have not read the book that was the basis for the movie so I had no expectations and was perfectly charmed by the movie for its own merit. I am a rabid Jane Austen fan so I speak from a position of experience. This movie was perfectly cast with a bunch of misfits either living out their own fantasies or acting up in the jobs/roles they acquired. I think a modern Jane Austen would have been amused and touched. I would love to go to an Austenland!
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do yourself a favour, read the book, don't buy the movie! Complete drivel and a time-waster... unlike the novel from which this is adapted. The book is hilarious, with the Austen-esque nuances all Jane-ophiles want! With the exception of Jennifer Coolidge, most of the actors in this movie are miscast, including Keri Russell in the leading role. Ms Russell can't for the life of her, speak with the wit and timing required to convey the irony of a modern women living her romantic fantasy of going back to live (vicariously) for a few weeks in the Regency period. A considerable amount of charm in the book is because it is filled with original and funny dialogue as the main characters struggle to try give voice to their thoughts and maintain vibrant conversation, a la Austen, in early 19th century English. Instead and sadly in the movie, you have an American actress as a lead that is so out of her depth that one can never even begin to believe she's actually even read an Austen novel, never mind portraying the character in a way that makes us believe she wants to live in one. That too is the clever device of the book, about a woman coming to terms with her romantic fantasy and projection versus being present and open to relationships in the real world. Sadly whoever did the editing for this mess, did such a hatchet job that this too doesn't come across. Do yourself a favour, don't view this cinematic adaptation and instead go back to the original source!
Date published: 2014-04-21

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Video Release: February 11, 2014

Studio: Sony Pictures Home

UPC: 043396433625


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