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AUSTENLAND

Jane Austen (1775-1817) would have been horrified at this insipid, inane, twenty-first century disambiguation of her classic 1813 novel,  “Pride and Prejudice”. Austen, like many brilliant women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, exercised her intellectual acuity through the written word; trapped in a male- manufactured bubble of hearth and home. From these confined maidens (Charlotte Bronte, George Sand, Mary Wollstonecraft) sprang some of the finest prose ever penned to page; their minds explored, exploded untold fantasies, dreams;  with ink, these thoughts flowed from imagination to magnificent manuscripts, still palpating today.

What is so prescient and captivating in this contemporary age of “instant intimacy”  is seduction through dialogue; “Elizabeth Bennet” and “Mr. Darcy” are destined from their first meeting in “Pride and Prejudice” to spend a lifetime bantering with pungent, titillating, endearing barbs; keen minds, boredom anathema, relishing forever the stimulation of conversation; the circuitous route from commencement to culmination, fascinating.

“Austenland” is a present day “escape oasis” outside of London; a theme park mimicking  Austen’s stymied milieu; touted by travel agents as an illusionary vacation, where, for the right price, you may purchase a happy ending. Keri Russell is “Jane” a  pathetic, besotted Austen lover; indulges her addiction, empties her savings; dawns a restrictive, ridiculous costume and becomes “Elizabeth Bennet”; precipitously, the inane turns to idiocy;  Austen’s succinct, lacerating wit is bastardized, brutalized by a sophomoric script, shallow interpretations, ghastly predictability.

It is inconceivable that this film (based on the novel by Shannon Hale) was ever made; Austen admirers beware, this movie diminishes all that her vivid, wizardly intellect conceived.

1/2 STAR

For Now……….Peneflix

Jane Austen (1775-1817) would have been horrified at this insipid, inane, twenty-first century disambiguation of her classic 1813 novel,  “Pride and Prejudice”. Austen, like many brilliant women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, exercised her intellectual acuity through the written word; trapped in a male- manufactured bubble of hearth and home. From these confined maidens …

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8 comments

  1. Ghastly
    Insulting to Austen
    Penelope, you and I once again are on the same page.

  2. Previews and reviews were awful

  3. “Austenhell”….but not as well done

  4. I might have seen a worse picture in the past, but I can’t remember when.

    • “SEX AND THE CITY” 2. “ONLY GOD FORGIVES”, BUT POSSIBLY YOU WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH NOT TO HAVE SEEN THESE! THANKS, P.

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