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Lovely to Look At...But That's All, Folks
(orinocowomble) from Spain
2 October 2012
This "film" reminded me very much of the many films and series based
around Agatha Christie's works, in the sense that it's one of the many
British period pieces that you *look at* rather than watch. The houses,
the gardens, the clothes, the lovely crystallised manners are lovingly
presented, every detail just right. Plot? Not so important--and in this
case it's a good thing. True, Miss Austen wrote prolifically and well
for the reason many authors do--because their own lives aren't like
that. Re-writing (or redirecting) reality is what the movie and novel
industries are all about; controlling events, making it happen the way
you want it to happen, not the way it so often does in real life. And
so often, the director and writers' personal agenda gets pride of
place; they wanted to show Austen as an embittered woman who "lost out"
because she rejected woman's traditional role of wife and mother. If
that were not the case, there would have been less emphasis on the many
(apocryphal) refused proposals and they wouldn't have chosen the title
"Miss Austen Regrets." I think Jane certainly regretted being poor, and
being unable to be the captain of her own fate to the degree she would
have liked to, but that can be said of many people today, as well. Life
is what it is, and you do what you can with what you have.
I watched this film in company with my own gentleman admirer, and his
reaction led me to come in to IMDb and look for more information. He
said, "I get the feeling someone had rented the costumes and locations
for yet another period piece, finished before the deadline, and told
the director, "Go ahead and use our stuff to make your film, we've got
a few days left on the sheet." I was amused when reading IMDb's
"Trivia" section to discover that indeed many of the costumes,
interiors (and of course the actors) have appeared in other Regency
romance films. It's almost as much fun as playing "spot the blue motor"
and counting how many times per episode Hastings exclaims "Good
Lord!"when watching the Granada series of Poirot--but not quite.
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50/50 Justice to Miss Austine
Yasith Senaratne from Sri Lanka
27 August 2012
In my opinion, the direction only brings out 25%-30% of miss Austin's
real life where the rest is not justified for her of being the 'Best
Cook' of the recipe of 'Love'. Definitely there should have been a
point in her life that she regretted of not getting married, though
It's not a factor for her struggle of bringing out romance in an era,
where wealth became a factor. The way Jane Austin brought up 'Pride and
prejudice', 'Sense and Sensibility', The persuasion' etc. give us a
broader view on how a young woman should look for a partner apart from
wealth. In her case, she was not in a situation but her effort on
describing it was magnificent. Isolating her lengthy character, and by
only focusing as a single movie apart from 'Becoming Jane', I think
this is worth watch.
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Preposterous and non-essential
ThatDoesntMatter from 3rd rock from the sun
11 May 2010
I did not care for this film at all.
I found it boring and hollow.
I refuse to imagine Jane Austen having been this unpleasant, sarcastic
I have read some of her letters and all of her books and just have a
totally different opinion regarding her tone and character. I imagine
her more friendly and cheerful, but hey, what do I know - then again,
what do the filmmakers know...
I'm quite angry actually, mostly for having wasted 90 minutes of my
life on such dull drab without any consequence whatsoever.
I'm always open to interpretations, but this is just - bad. Gee, I
would have to feel sorry for her indeed if this bears any resemblance
to her actual life. So I just refuse it. Unhappy she may have been at
times, worried about money, even had her moments of regret as we all
do, but sensible people just carry on with their lives, and she had her
sense of humour for comfort (for humour creates distance, thus making
everything easier). I just hear a completely different voice when I
read her words, be it novels or letters.
Dreadful interpretation. So all good acting and nice dresses and
scenery is lost on me for the story leaves me cold - no, actually
One point for the quotes from the books ;-)
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