Love & Friendship (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
This is one of the newest versions of Jane Austen’s books which I had not seen before. Love & Friendship is based on the novella Lady Susan and being a fan of previous novels turned to movies, I couldn’t wait to watch this 🙂 . The costumes (especially Lady Susan’s dresses) were amazing, the scenery and houses were great and the background music was suitable. The beginning the story was quite appealing and captivating enough to keep you intrigued. I loved the “introductions” to the characters by giving each person a title and witty description 😀 . That made it unique and at times quite funny to read 😛 . Kate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan Vernon wonderfully as I believed the character throughout. She was definitely the most entertaining and memorable of them all 🙂 . The comedy was mostly mild throughout but Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett) was absolutely hilarious 😀 . He was my favourite in this film and I especially loved his scene with the “peas” 😛 . Also the dialogue is very faithful to the period and book and at times this wasn’t always a good thing. It got a little confusing to follow what actually was happening, who was tricking who and had Lady Susan succeeded? The ending was also very much of a let-down. It felt rushed and shoved together to make a happy ending without actually achieving in movie time. I was unsure how I felt with who married who and that Lady Susan kind of got away with it. Also Frederica Vernon wasn’t the most interesting character to care about. I guess this is great for fans of Jane Austen only but I think reading the book would be better 😛 . However, it is acted great and the odd humour is worth it for Jane Austen fans 🙂 . Enjoy 😀
I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!