Mary Poppins Returns
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Oh my gosh!! I absolutely LOVED this movie! I have always been in love with movies set in this time period, and to watch someone just like me actually be able to be a character in Pride and Prejudice was just so much fun to watch. What a wonderful idea, and very well done!!
Good premise but bad execution. Overall, the acting was not very good and the storyline gets a little bit ridiculous at some point with all its twists.
My goodness what a strange movie. It had a great premise but I'm unsure how I feel about the execution.
Amanda is truly obsessed with "Pride and Prejudice." One day, she walks through a door and into her favorite book while Elizabeth Bennet walks into the real world.
DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU DON'T LIKE SPOILERS
The thing I don't like about this movie is all the hidden subplots that sort of almost ruin Jane Austen's original creation. For example, Georgianna wasn't really compromised... she threw herself on Whickham and when he refused her, she made up a story to Darcy to get back at him. Miss Bingley is actually a lesbian and Mr. Collins is a sicko who rubs himself through his pocket and sniffs his hands heartily.
The things I DO like about the book are seeing all the characters I love react when presented with a modern day woman and her culture and values. It was very realistic such as Darcy stating that he's unable to be with Amanda because she is not a virgin.
I would definitely have loved to see more of how Elizabeth was coping in the real world. That may have actually been a more interesting movie than watching Amanda try to correct all the problems that are happening around her such as Mr. Collins marrying Jane and Lydia running off with Mr. Bingley.
In "Lost in Austen," Amanda(Jemima Rooper) has a thankless job in customer service at a bank while living with her boyfriend Michael(Daniel Percival) for the past year. When he goes out with the boys, she likes to spend a quiet night alone at home with her favorite book, "Pride and Prejudice." And then one night, the book comes to her in the person of Elizabeth Bennet(Gemma Arterton) who comes into the real world via a door in Amanda's bathroom. When she goes to inspect the fictional world, she finds herself locked out of her apartment, left to explain things to Elizabeth's father(Hugh Bonneville).
While not really substantial enough for a three hour miniseries, "Lost in Austen" is still a pleasant diversion. And with so many quality versions of "Pride and Prejudice" out there, the cast needed to be better but Hugh Bonneville is wonderfully sardonic and Lindsay Duncan proves how formidable an actress she is.
"Lost in Austen" clearly demonstrates how much fantasy there is in romantic fiction. It also serves as a valuable lesson to the reader that while it is okay to have fun reading, just don't get lost in a good book which is what happens to Amanda. Granted, a lot of the misunderstandings happen because of Elizabeth's absence from her role in the Bennet family(It would have been nice to have seen more of her in the present day), causing a domino effect with other people trying to take her place which causes confusion in the reader's eye. In response, Amanda tries to correct the story but the characters end up surprising her. And there is one scene that Jane Austen would not have come up with in her wildest dreams. But who knows? Maybe she would have. At least, there are no signs of the undead.
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