Running Time: 97 minutes
Directed by: Jerusha Hess
Starring: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie
Austenland is a romantic comedy where Jane Hayes (Russell), a single, young woman who is obsessed with Jane Austen’s work, especially Pride and Prejudice and Mr Darcy. She then decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort created for Austen fans in hopes to find the perfect gentleman.
A rather straight forward romantic comedy, Austenland didn’t seize to make me laugh from the moment Jane steps onto Austenland till the moment she leaves. Though it relies heavily on Coolidge and the supporting cast’s comedic overacting whenever possible, Keri Russell did a lovely job as an Austen crazed fan stuck in a world where the line between what’s real and what’s acting becomes blurred. JJ Feild did a splendid job as the brooding leading man. Similarly, McKenzie did a wonderful job as the servant in Austenland who shares similar distaste for the place as Jane. The storyline is rather predictable and simple, filled with the romantic moments you expect from a film about an Austen fan’s search for romance in an Austen “theme park”. Admittedly, I was a little surprised by the ending which I thought added that extra sprinkle of happy-ending romance instead of making it straightforward and all-too realistic.
Overall, Austenland accomplishes as a light, in some ways nonsensical rom-com. So, if you’re in search for something funny and a non-complicated flick, this may fit the bill.
Rating: 6 out of 10