I ♥ Mr. Darcy. I would agree with that, but not quite in an obsessive way as Jane Hayes in Austenland. Sure I watch Pride and Prejudice at least once a year (along with every other Jane Austen adaptation in my collection), but I certainly don’t let in take over my life, nor would I spend my life savings travelling across the world to a Jane Austen theme park. But that’s exactly what Jane Hayes (Keri Russell – August Rush, Waitress) does.
The film also stars JJ Field (Captain America: The First Avenger) who is no stranger to the world of Jane Austen novels, having played Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey. This time round he is playing a real-life Darcy type Henry Nobley, cast as the Darcy type role by his aunt who runs the theme park.
When Jane arrives at the stately home for the ultimate Jane Austen experience, she is signed up for the basic package and feels more like Fanny in Mansfield Park than her idol Elizabeth Bennet. Fancy dress is mandatory, as is the banishment of all modern things. Each woman that visits can expect a Jane Austen fuelled romance with one of the actors (not of their choosing, but who is asigned to them) during their stay all in the name of fun. But like a Jane Austen novel, these romances will not go any further than a fake proposal and if they’re lucky a peck on the cheek.
Jane gets caught up in this world, struggling to understand what is fake and what is real, and which of the two she actually wants. Throw in a love triangle with Henry Nobley and the stable guy and she has her very own Darcy/Wickham storyline.
It’s a fun spin on Jane Austen’s classic tales. For any fans that love Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park and the rest then you will thoroughly enjoy this film.
Anyone that wants to get their hands on the I ♥ Mr. Darcy bag (as seen in the film), you can buy the from the Jane Austen gift shop, priced £5.99.
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Austenland doesn't take itself seriously, with two love interests, it keeps you guessing who she will end up with, but true Austen fans will spot the Austen-inspired storylines a mile off.