Friday, April 17, 2015

Let's talk about: Austenland, the movie

Have you ever wished you could immerse yourself in the world of Jane Austen's novels? 
I think most of us have at one time or another. 
That is exactly what Jane Hayes does in Austenland

Austenland is based on the book of the same name by Shannon Hale.
I own the book and have read it a few times and was very excited to see it brought to the big screen. 
I, along with my mom, my aunt, my sister, my sister-in-law, and my nieces went to see it in the theater soon after it came out. 
I have never been in a theater that was so full of laughter. 
From start to finish everyone in that room was laughing. And there were times when we couldn't stop for a few minutes. 
This movie is a treasure. 

It starts out introducing us to Jane Hayes (played wonderfully by Keri Russel) and getting a feel for her obsession with Jane Austen, 
especially Mr. Darcy. 
Something many of us can relate to. 

She decides to get away from real life and head to Austenland- a Jane Austen themed experience in England where each participant gets to pretend to be a heroine in an Austen novel. 

The cast is brilliant. 
Every single person plays their part a little to the extreme and it is hilarious. 

The beautiful JJ Feild plays the role of the Mr. Darcy clone Mr. Henry Nobley to perfection. 

 (Tom Hiddleston look alike in my opinion)

Jane Seymour plays the stern Mrs. Wattlesbrook that runs the place and seems to almost always have some sort of fake animal near her. 

Jennifer Coolidge is the real standout with almost every line she says cracking us up.

My favorite line: "Did you DIE?"
(you'll have to watch the movie now to know what that is all about!)
 We follow Jane as she begins to question her obsession and is caught up in trying to figure out what is real and what is fantasy. 

I bought this movie the day it came out on DVD.
Usually if I really like a movie I watch it at least once a year. But I have watched this at least 5 times since I bought it a year ago. I am not even kidding. 

I made Doug watch it and although I don't think he laughed as often as I did, he still did laugh.

If you haven't seen Austenland yet you need to.
If you like Austen at all, like hunky British gentlemen, love to look at the beautiful English countryside and great houses, or just love to laugh this is the film for you.

I love Austenland!


Donna said...

I really liked this movie, it was so funny. I liked it better than the book, which is rare--I almost always like the books better than their movies!

cheryl said...

Me too. It is so rare for me to like a movie better. But this one just blew me away with how funny it was.