I streamed a cute movie last night while I was knitting away. It was originally a series on British TV, but it’s packaged on Netflix as all one movie and is barely shy of three hours long.
Lost in Austen is an ideal movie for fans of Pride and Prejudice (unless they are a stickler that Austen not be trifled with). Here is the official blurb from Netflix:
After a dispute with her boyfriend, Amanda lands in the 19th-century world of author Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. While helping the Bennett sisters find husbands, Amanda accidentally causes problems that could alter the course of the tale. Throughout this British series, Amanda must balance her feelings for Mr. Darcy (Elliot Cowan) with her responsibility to the one of the world’s greatest love stories. Jemima Rooper stars.
I’m a fan of Austen novels and a particular fan of Pride and Prejudice. And who doesn’t love the BBC version starring Colin Firth? (If you don’t, don’t bother to tell me. I simply will not understand whatever reason you give. LOL!) I also enjoy a good time travel story, one that makes me suspend disbelief. For the most part, Lost in Austen succeeded at that suspension. My main problem was how little trouble the characters in the 1800’s had with Amanda’s 21st century clothes upon her arrival.
This movie is light entertainment but quite enjoyable. It was fun to catch the way the real Austen phrases and dialogue got twisted or used in different places or ways. Maybe a viewer not as steeped in the actual novel or movies made from the novel wouldn’t enjoy it as much because they would miss that element of the film. And if you, like Amanda, resist the notion of anyone with Darcy except for our Miss Bennett, well … you have obviously not fallen in love with Darcy yourself.
I give Lost in Austen a solid 4 stars (I really liked it).