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this is a fun break with more heart than similar modern world-meets-Austen stories ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2018
Not to be taken seriously under any circumstances.
For fans of Jane Austen books and movies based on them, this is a fun break with more heart than similar modern world-meets-Austen stories (like "Lost in Austen"). In this movie, a hardcore Jane Austen fan (also called "Jane") spends her savings on an immersive Austen vacation, where she plays a role in her own love story complete with English countryside mansion, regency costumes, and actors cast as archetypal Austen mancandy. But since this immersive experience is just as much about wish fulfillment as it is about accuracy, the Captain Wentworth stand-in is played by Ricky Whittle and will take off his shirt with very little provocation. I'm pretty sure none of Austen's heroes ever displayed their six-packs in the original books, but then again, I also don't remember the part in Pride and Prejudice where Darcy went for a swim then ran into Elizabeth while he was still soaking wet. In Austen's time, even seeing a gentleman in his shirt-sleeves would have been scandalous, and yet every Austen movie somehow manages to throw that scene in. Go figure.
Keri Russell is cute and nerdy, while JJ Fields looks great in period garb as ever. The soundtrack takes a leaf out of Sofia Coppola's book and pairs 80s tunes with candy-colored regency vignettes in a way that works oddly well. However, the show is absolutely stolen by Georgia King as Lady Amelia. She goes hilariously overboard with her english-rose character, poking loving fun at how ridiculous courtly manners would actually be to modern sensibilities.