Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Austenland Movie, a Review.

I've never once done a movie review on this blog, I don't even see movies that much, but this one had to be reviewed.

First of all, it was a great honor to be able to go the Sundance Film Festival. I heard a few people talking about how this was the first film sold out, and the wait line was crazy long. The response has been so good that the night I went, the film was sold to Sony Pictures for a cool $4 Million. It won't be too much longer until it's released Nation Wide!

I was expecting this movie to be hilarious, but seriously, you're laughing from the opening scene. No one has to say anything, all you see is the beginning screen shot and the tone is set for the rest of the film.


This says it all


Guys: Take your Jane Austen loving wives to this film. Not only will your wives love you for thinking of it, but you'll enjoy the pure hilarity that is contained therein.

Jennifer Coolidge stole the show with her witty one liners, many of which were of the unscripted brand of hilarity. My favorite "Release the hounds, Cheerio, the British are coming, the British are coming!"

Even though I had read the novel and fully anticipated the twist at the ending (I won't give it away here) I was still on the edge of my seat watching the romance progress. The balance between funny and romantic couldn't have been better.
 
After it was over, we got to do a little question and answer session, then a reception. The only disappointing moment of the night was that I couldn't walk back into the theater and watch it again. Because I would have, in a heartbeat. 

You can bet that I will be buying tickets for the general release and owning the movie the first chance I get.

25 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

I enjoyed the first Austenland book but LOVED the second one. Maybe if this one does well, they'll make a movie of that one, too. Can't wait to see this.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I haven't read the books. I feel like I've missed something - I am usually late to the party, though. I'll be telling everyone they're great when you moved on to Dickenland :-)

Not sure if I could get away with dragging Hubby to see it.

ilima said...

I've been so looking forward to this post of yours and you didn't disappoint. Now I can't wait to see it even more (LOVED the book) and am thrilled with the news about Sony. Sounds like it was a blast. Did you get to see James Callis in the Q and A? *jealous*

Anonymous said...

Oh this is a good one to know about-- so glad you decided to go into reviewer mode. Thanks!

Lindzee said...

I was SO happy when I heard it had been picked up for distribution by Sony. I loved the books and I can't wait to see the movie!

Jenny S. Morris said...

I'm not a huge Austen fan.*DUCKS* But I thought this book was cute. And you've made the movie sound great so I will have to drag my hubby to see it. ;)

Jessie Humphries said...

That is so super cool that you got to see it at Sundance! I am so jealous!

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

I was #32 in the wait line and they only took 7 people or so for the 840 seat theater. It was packed! :( I was so bummed. It was good to see you though!

Nicole said...

The picture you included was priceless. I hadn't even heard of this movie before.

Rena said...

I haven't read the book, but I'm glad you got to go see the movie. Film Festivals are crazy! I hope you get to catch another!

Tara Tyler said...

so super jealous! sundance is going on my bucket list! and the movie is a no brainer! thanks for the sneak peek!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cool you got to go to Sundance and see it!

Livia Peterson said...

I want to go to the Sundance Film Festival so bad because I'm a huge movie buff. And now I'm dying to see this film! That's awesome news that it got picked up by Sony Pictures! Can't wait to see it in theatres! I know it will be an incredible film!

Thanks for the review, Jennie!

Morgan said...

Oh my gosh! I LOVED this book!!!!! :D I wish I could see this!

Leslie said...

I adored the books! And I'm dying to see this movie so I'm praying it will be released nationwide so I can see it here in WA state.

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Cortney Pearson said...

Man, I'm out of it--I haven't even heard of the books! Sounds fabulous though, I can't wait to see it!!

Shannon Lawrence said...

I adore Jennifer Coolidge! Her having a role is incentive enough. Do you watch Two Broke Girls? She's great in that show. How fun that you got to go do a screening with Q & A after!

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Elise Fallson said...

Oh I'm looking forward to seeing this. And I really need to read the book one of these days. So amazing you got to go to the Sundance Film Festival too! :)

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

A movie review is a nice change of pace. I kind of want to see this now... :)

Shallee said...

I'm so jealous you got to see this! I can't wait, I've heard rave reviews!

David P. King said...

I will take your advice to heart. And you went to Sundance *and to think it's only a couple miles from me) ... lucky! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Great review! I love Jennifer Coolidge.

Kelley Lynn said...

I'm horrible at finding the time to watch movies, but I'll make sure I do for this one :)

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

What a great recommendation. I will look forward to that movie when it starts making the rounds. I like Jane Austen a lot.