Love and Friendship (2016)
When her husband dies, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) travels to her in-law’s estate where she attempts to find a match for her daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark). While there, she herself, begins to flirt and catch the eye of Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) in hopes to find another husband.
Love and Friendship was Jane Austen’s first short story and is in the same vein as her other works. In what is a complete British period piece, Love and Friendship is a comedy about a flamboyant woman who spreads gossip and manipulates everyone she meets. I thought Kate Beckinsale was an odd choice for this kind of movie, but she plays the role well and adds spunk to the character.
For those of you that enjoy British humor, this movie will be right up your ally, but for me some of the jokes were lost due to the old English style and the fact that this movie is mainly for women. Sure, I laughed and I could sense the nature of the movie, but I didn’t laugh out loud like I might in a Judd Apatow comedy. That isn’t to say this movie isn’t bad nor enjoyable, but the comedy here is something different to get use to.
Love and Friendship is a simple movie about a woman manipulating the world around her to get her way and often it has humorous results. It is quite obvious that if you are a fan of Sense and Sensibility or Jane Austen, you are going to like this movie. Just be aware that this movie is probably going to fare more with women than men due to the subject matter. Co-starring Chloe Sevigny, Emma Greenwell, Tom Bennett, Jenn Murray and Stephen Fry.
7/10 Stars – Well acted and performed, I enjoyed the comedic nature of the film, even if some of the jokes were lost on me.