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Film Review - Austenland

AUSTENLAND Keri Russell

Based on the novel by Shannon Hale, “Austenland” arrives with a premise ripe with potential. With opportunities for satire and romance, while giving period film tropes a thorough pantsing, the material appears ideal for screen exploration, yet in the hands of first-time director Jerusha Hess, “Austenland” is unsteady and unsure of itself. While Jane Austen fanatics will likely delight in the unabashed fandom of all things Mr. Darcy, the feature just isn’t up to snuff, often caught floundering with easy lay-up jokes while playing into Austen formula instead of dissecting its intoxicating quality. The picture has charm and a bright lead performance from Keri Russell, but it doesn’t come together as cohesively as it should. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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