7 September 2019 | jadediamond
Watched Four Times within Twenty-four hours
When this movie first came out, I thought it looked stupid so I wouldn't give it a chance. When I was watching the 1995 BBC version of Pride & Prejudice on DVD, this was one of the previews for the movie. I checked it out and I enjoyed this silly, romantic comedy. The entire cast was phenomenal and over the top. Keri Russell's Jane Hayes thought she was nuts being obsessed with Jade Austen Pride& Prejudice all her life and she was thrown into a world called Austenland where the characters were so nuts they made her look sane. After having a midlife crisis after her loser ex boyfriend tells her he's the best shot she has at marriage. She goes nuts and spend her lifesavings to go to Austenland where she's promise to have her own Austen inspired romance. In Austenland, the line between reality and fiction becomes very blurry. JJ Feild who plays Henry Nobley, the Darcy of the group, kills it with his facial expressions and his reactions to the ridiculousness of their situation. The great thing about this movie is that it's one of those movies that each time you watch it, you find something new. It's not a straight romantic comedy with one note. It flips the script on you and gives you many twists and turns so you never truly know how it plays out. It's a cool movie to watch, then rewatch and catch things you didn't catch the first time around. But I really enjoyed this movie. The entire cast was amazing. Jennifer Coolidge as Miss Elizabeth Charming, a rich legally dumb blonde who has a heart of gold and is Jane's comedic sidechick. Bret McKenzie as the likable charmer Martin. James Callis from another Austen inspired property the Bridget Jones series plays the flamboyant Colonel Andrews. Georgia King was hilarious as another rich blonde named Lady Amelia Heartwright. Ricky Whittle who plays the sexy Captain East and also a soap star who is so sexy, he'll take off his shirt, revealing his six pack, and use it as a handkerchief to watch a ladies' mouth. Jane Seymour plays Mrs. Wattlesbrook with ease. Ayda Field is in the movie for five minutes but she nails it. It was an enjoyable movie and every actor gets their moment to shine. If you are a serious Austen fan and hate any unpure version adaption of Austen's work, you'll going to hate this movie. But if you love her work and don't mind giving sillier adaptions a chance, then you'll like or dare I say love it. And probably secretly admit to yourself only, you wish Austenland really existed. Oh, and may sure you watch the ending credits. It's a nice treat!