Sunday, August 6

Movie Review: Love & Friendship (2016)

Film Title: Love and Friendship
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
Released: 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, & Historical Romance 
Rating: PG
Where I Got It: Amazon Prime

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.


I was told to give this a shot by a couple of people since this is based off of Jane Austen's book she was never able to finish. It was a free watch on Amazon Prime so I decided to give it a go. 

First...I liked the cast. 

Second....I liked this WAY more then the book version. GRANTED, the book version was not completed so you have to give it a little wiggle room. But yes, I loved the dynamics and how they played with the story line. It was good and makes me sad that we will never read the book in it's completion. 

However, that is where my like of the film ends. I was bored with 60% of the film. Yes, I usually don't films that revolve around talking and walking and just being social. But it is a tricky thing to make entertaining. This unfortunately flopped. I was yawning and constantly checking to see how much time was left. Sure there were a few scenes when I wasn't bored and I loved them. However, the majority of the film was a big meh. 

The ending was too happy. Lady Susan didn't deserve to have it all. I hated Lady Susan...she was a horrible character. Horrible and didn't deserve a HEA. I'm hoping Jane Austen had a different her being shipped to a nunnery by her angry daughter after she marries the King of England. One can hope. ;D haha

In the end, I am glad I watched this. However, I was not happy with it. I was bored for 60% of it and I hated the ending. I do recommend this for Jane Austen fans. I'll give this 2 stars. One star added for the cast and how hard they tried. 


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vvb32 reads said...

Actually, the written piece by Jane was finished. Lady Susan was written in epistolary form. Sandition was the unfinished work.

While I agree and did not like Lady Susan. She comes off mean in this version of the story. Not so in Jane's version.

I liked the film - mostly for the costumes and settings.

Carole Rae said...

It was finished? The version I read didn't seem completed. Yes, they really amped up her meanness. She was not bad in the story.