Last Wednesday night my husband and I went to see “Love and Friendship”.
I am not a big Jane Austen fan. I know that her work was revolutionary at its time and ahead of its time when it comes to feminism but I find that her stuff is dry and kind of boring. I’m sorry but I do. However, in the doldrums of the summer movie season I wanted to support the counter programming of more grown up movies. I also became interested after reading and article with star Kate Beckinsale where she talked about the how “Lady Susan” the novella that “Love and Friendship” was based on was edgier than some of Austen’s other works.
I had mixed feelings about the film. On the positive side I absolutely loved Beckinsale’s performance and just how wretched Lady Susan was.
Her actions are as scheming and conniving as any villain or anti-hero in a contemporary story. I liked watching her spin her web of intrigue.
However, as much as I enjoyed the Beckinsale’s performance and the character of Lady Susan the film itself was classic Austen; stuffy, and blah. There were times I laughed but there were far too many times I found myself yawning because quite frankly as a whole the film was boring, not super boring but boring none the less.
Among the supporting cast is Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Fry; they along with everybody else in the supporting cast are fine but nothing special. The one standout in the supporting cast is Tom Bennett as Sir James Martin.
Sir James is a total idiot but he’s fun to watch. I especially enjoyed him being oblivious to the actions and intentions of all those around him.
At the end of the day I’m okay that I saw “Love and Friendship” but I probably will never watch it again and I only recommend it for hardcore Austen fans.
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Justin Gomez and his sister, Terri, have never been close. Separated by nine years and distant in adulthood, Justin and Terri have little in common, except for the love of her three children. In the days before they embark on a road trip to visit the father that once abandoned them and their now deceased mother, both Terri and Justin are dealing with unexpected changes in their lives. Justin surprisingly realizes he might want more than a series of one night stands after a first date goes unexpectedly well. After a lifetime of being a strong type A personality, Terri is forced to confront the reality of the end of her marriage. As they hit the road, with Terri’s children in tow, they find themselves forced to rely on and confide in each other following a devastating event. Confronted with memories from the past and challenges from the present, Terri and Justin must dig deep and unearth the truth about themselves and their parents in order to build a new family based on their love for each other.