I am familiar with the style and tone of Jane Austen's work, so I was excited to find out that the film would be screening at a film festival that was (relatively) close to me. This was actually my first film festival experience ever, and I was quite pleased.
I really enjoyed this film. The film had the light, slightly quirky humor characteristic of some of Austen's other works. I laughed out loud quite a bit during the film, as did many of the other people in the audience. The one criticism that I have about the film is that it could be difficult at times to tell who was related to whom during the course of the film as more characters became involved. The film may not be accessible to all people, as the film does use the Victorian era style of English, so some people may have trouble following the plot, however this was easier than most.
The acting in the film was great. My personal favorite performance was that of Tom Bennett, who played Sir James Martin. His character provided some of the most memorable and comedic scenes in the whole film, and his chemistry with the rest of the cast was great. Stephen Fry was also great in his supporting role, and very funny, however he had a very small amount of screen time. Kate Beckinsale was phenomenal in her role as well. Her character was a flawed protagonist, and Beckinsale delivered it exceptionally well. She did the humor well, however she also did extremely well in the more emotionally-driven scenes.
So I was exceptionally happy with "Love & Friendship". I highly recommend that you check it out when it comes to a theater near you. I will likely even be going to see it again when it gets its wide release.
Love & Friendship
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at a film festival.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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