Flash Movie Review: Love & Friendship

They never had any reason to know each other during their high school years. The closest encounter was when they attended the same class during sophomore year. When it was time for them to graduate, both were excited about going to college because each one was hoping to find someone they could marry. For her she had no real desire to study in the liberal arts; she wanted to be a wife. He on the other hand was looking forward to studying business but was concerned if he could find a suitable wife in his economics and accounting classes. During high school neither did much dating for a variety of reasons; but with college looming, the idea of attending a school with an increased population translated into better opportunities for meeting someone. I did not know either of these individuals personally; we shared common friends. When I heard about each one’s similar story about going to college I did think it was an odd goal, but then again one of my main goals was to attend a college where no one else from my high school was planning to attend. Something that amused me a bit was the fact that I was hearing a similar story from a girl’s and boy’s perspective. I knew from history classes and discussions women many years ago were treated more like property than equals to their husbands. Life was hard; without a means of earning income and becoming independent, I can certainly understand the motivation behind finding someone to marry under the circumstances. It is always a good idea to be aware of how far things have progressed; so if you are in the mood for a wickedly fun history lesson then I suggest you watch this romantic, comedic drama.   BASED on a Jane Austen (Sense and Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice) story this film starred Kate Beckinsale (The Aviator, Underworld franchise) as Lady Susan Vernon, Chloe Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry, Zodiac) as Alicia Johnson and Morfydd Clark (The Falling, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as Frederica Vernon. Set in the 1790s I thought the acting, sets and costumes were all good. Kate especially did well with her memorable character. If you are a Jane Austen fan I feel you will immensely enjoy this movie. I had a hard time with the script. For me there were too many characters to keep track of; I found myself trying to figure out who was related to whom or what was the importance of such and such character. It was bothersome after a while. From my limited exposure to Jane Austen I found this story to be different from the others. There was an underhanded or stronger sense of manipulation from the main character that I don’t recall seeing in her other characters. There was a lot to enjoy about this movie; however, I may be in the minority but there were times where I had wished for the film to end. There is something to be said for seeing how things used to be and it is good to know when they are progressing in the right direction; I only wished this film was more entertaining for me.


2 2/3 stars                        3 ¼ stars for Jane Austen fans



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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 26, 2016, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Me and Violet are going to see this at the pictures tomorrow! 😀 We are very excited, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it that much, I hope I will like it 🙂 I am a Jane Austen fan, so it is probably my cup of tea! 🙂

    • Oh I just know the 2 of you will enjoy this movie. Do please let me know your thoughts after seeing it. Thank you for the comments.

      • I really enjoyed it! It was so funny, I really liked all the husbands, they made me laugh. I agree with you when you say it was different from her other stories.
        I found it fast moving and difficult to follow sometimes too, luckily, as it happened, the cinema had subtitles for this showing, so that helped. I think I would have missed a lot without the subtitles 😀 I liked the black comedy and the tidy simpleness of the way everything got resolved.
        I thought all the characters were funny in their absurdity, or their responses to Lady Susan’s absurdity, and I think it’s one of those movies that you just get swept along by.
        I really enjoyed it, and I really enjoyed your review too 🙂

      • Thank you so much for coming to share your views on this film. I wish my theater had the subtitles, I bet it would have made a difference for me. I’m so glad you really enjoyed this film and again, thank you for taking the time to let me know.

      • You are so welcome, I have really enjoyed talking to you about it, and hearing what you thought 😀

  2. I wouldn’t say I’m a fan but I like Austen well enough and I do enjoy a period drama so I will probably check this out on the small screen when it appears there.

    The anecdote about folks going into tertiary education to find a mate amused me. I went to university with every intention of avoiding a committed relationship as I wanted no distractions from my studies. Then I met my future husband on the second day and we got married when we were still undergraduates. Life happens when you are busy making other plans, right?

    • On the one hand it sounds stressful to go to college and start a marriage; but on the other hand it sounds like it would be easier having someone be there who understands what one is going through each day. Thank you for the comments.

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