Austenland Book Review

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Review:

I didn’t much like the movie based on this book, but I decided to give the book a chance because I almost always like a book better than its movie. Austenland proved no exception. I still felt the characterization was shallow and overly convenient, but the book made better use of the fun premise and the secondary characters were no longer reduced to ridiculous caricatures, which was a huge relief and made the whole thing make much more sense. 

My rating:3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

Lost in Austen

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A fun and entertaining, though sometimes contrived, miniseries about a modern Austen fan who accidentally switches places with Elizabeth Bennet, and soon finds that the story she knows and loves isn’t behaving exactly as it’s supposed to. Wondering how everything will manage to get straightened up will keep Austen fans like me glued to their seats, and even my husband (a much more casual fan) enjoyed it a lot.

My rating:3 Stars (3 / 5)

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Emma (2009)

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I’ve only seen bits and pieces of this version of Emma – with two young kids, it’s hard to find a spare six hours. 🙁

It looks great based on what I’ve seen, but the final verdict will have to wait, for now.

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Emma (1996) Movie Review

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I know it’s fashionable to hate on Gwyneth Paltrow, but though she does seem… annoyingly oblivious to reality in many ways, I can’t join in, because she’s been in too many of my favorite movies. So clearly, if nothing else, she has great taste in roles.

Emma isn’t my favorite Austen adaptation, but it’s pretty high on the list – charming, witty, romantic, and with a host of excellent performances, of which my favorites are the delicious Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley and Sophie Thompson (Emma‘s sister) as the spinster Miss Bates.

My rating: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Review:

Okay, okay, this is not so much a movie as an experience, but word is that there’s going to be a DVD release at some point (for the video elements of it, at least), so I’ll just call it a movie.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is, as you might have guessed, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in modern times and told via the medium (mainly) of Lizzie’s YouTube video blog. Various other forms of social media, including Twitter and Tumbr, also got involved at various points, as did video blogs by other cast members (most notably Lydia).

They did a surprisingly good job of updating the story to the present day, and it’s all tremendous fun, with many laugh-out-loud moments and, yes, ultimately some appropriately swoon-worthy romantic moments. Highly enjoyable.

My rating: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

You should also check out the official website, which is the easiest way to keep track of all the various videos, tweets, Tumblr posts, Pinterest accounts, etc. associated with the story.

 

Bride and Prejudice

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Not my favorite Austen update, but fun and enjoyable, with some fantastic music and dance numbers, as you’d expect from a Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice.

My rating: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

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Austenland

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Review:

I loved the premise of Austenland (Austen fangirl goes to Austen themepark), but the execution was sadly lacking. Most of the secondary characters were ludicrously overblown, which provided occasional funny moments from actors of the caliber of Jennifer Coolidge and James Callis, but was mostly just stupid and off-putting, with none of the wit or cleverness of Austen herself.

The characterization of Jane herself was inconsistent and entirely subject to the whims of the (contrived) plot. Martin and Nobley were little better. All in all, a disappointment.

My rating2 Stars (2 / 5)

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Pride and Prejudice (1995) Movie Review

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Review:

The definitive adaptation of Pride and Prejudice!

My rating: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

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Sense and Sensibility (1995) Movie Review

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Review:

My favorite movie of all time (so far). Every now and then I go for awhile without rewatching it and start thinking maybe it’s not sooo good, and isn’t it kind of depressing what poor Marianne goes through, and other such heresies. And then I pop it in the DVD player and within five minutes I am practically vibrating with glee over the wit and the acting and the eye candy and…

~swoon~

So yeah, favorite movie of all time.

My rating: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

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