Lost In Austen Reviews
Of COURSE there will be moments of silliness - what else could there be when you take a 21st century Jane Austen tragic and place her in the 18th century with an assignment to try to make Pride and Prejudice come out the same when one of its two main characters has been miraculously removed to 2009 Hammersmith?
The changes to Jane Austens original that this short series creates in order to make things happen are almost improvements! Wickham a heroic character? A major character with Lesbian leanings? Elizabeth Bennet lending someone her smart phone? But it works brilliantly!
Every member of the cast is perfect to pull this off and when you watch the moment where Darcy recreates Colin Firths emerging from the water, it would be good to remember this was shot in mid winter England! Poor Elliot Cowan deserved an Emmy for THAT demonstration of dedication to a role.
Jemima Rooper as Amanda Price leads a convincing ensemble cast, not the least of whom are Elliot Cowan as Darcy, Hugh Bonneville and Alex Kingston as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet.
Released in North America as a three hour feature film on DVD (with minimal editing) - this delight seems to have eluded the North American press.
marrying each other only seems to make things worse. This works so well because for many readers a book lives on in their imagination so if you know the book at all, it's interesting and funny to see how things are changed. The recreation of the Colin Firth shirt scene is a definite highlight, as is the comedy of Alex Kingston as the irrepressible Mrs Bennet.
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.