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Austenland (2013): Movie Review

“You don’t annoy me . . . You make me nervous.” Mr. Nobley to Jane

Hello, I can’t believe that my first post will be on a movie I’ve just watched. How did I stumble upon Austenland? Well, I kept seeing posts about it on my tumblr feed, and that gave me an idea of what to watch for tonight. I really enjoyed the concept of an Austenland theme park, who wouldn’t love that? I felt Jane, the protagonist, relatable because I’m a fangirl myself and I thought it was rather charming that she loves Mr. Darcy so much! Though there were some corny moments in the movie and I did roll my eyes a couple of times, I enjoyed the romance between Jane Hayes and the oh so charming Henry Nobley. When Jane arrived at Austenland, I really disliked Mrs. Wattlesbrook’s treatment towards Jane just because Jane was not a premium member compared to her other two female companions Elizabeth Charming and Lady Amelia Heartwright. I really enjoyed the relationship that Jane and Martin (a stable boy) were developing at the beginning, but I still had high hopes for Mr. Nobley to be with Jane! Mr. Nobley did an excellent job portraying Mr. Darcy, I had no complaints with his character. As the movie progressed, I enjoyed the romance between Jane and Mr. Nobley developing, I thought it was one of the cutest aspects about the whole movie. I actually thought a love triangle was going to happen, but it didn’t. You see, the women who pay for a trip to Austenland get assigned a man, and as much as I liked Martin, he was just an actor who was meant for Jane, not Mr. Nobley. I was shocked because I was not expecting it, but I was so happy that Mr. Nobley was not pretending about his feelings towards Jane and I felt the ending was perfect. Though Rotten Tomatoes rated this film low (30%), I really liked it. JJ Feild as Mr. Nobley was perfect, I had no complaints about his character because he was so charming. My rating is a 3.5 out of 5 😀

P.S. I had no idea that Austenland was based off a book, I’m adding it to my “to be read” list.

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