L O V E &
F R I E N D S H I P
Cast : Kate Beckinsale, Morfydd Clark, Stephen Fry,
Director : Whit Stillman
Rating : 4/5
Blurb : Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.
My Review :
This movie is a fun, (if initially a little slow) talkative comedy. If you are not a fan of movies where you have to listen to the dialogue and concentrate on the intricacies of the plot then this really is not for you. Love and Friendship is not a cinematic masterpiece but is comedic in a way that not many movies are these days.
Love and Friendship is based on Jane Austen’s Novella “Lady Susan”. Kate Beckinsale is the recently widowed Lady Susan, who is financially dependable upon the kindness of others and has a daughter who is of marriageable age. Lady Susan however has a reputation that precedes her as she travels to her sister in laws, Catherine DeCourcy Vernon estate of Churchhill and as she captures the heart of Catherine’s younger brother Reginald, Catherine is less than amused. This leads into a typically Austen-like tale of misunderstandings and romantic intrigues.
The movie is completely dependant on the genius of its cast. Stephen Fry’s character is amusing as the husband of Lady Susan’s American friend, who keeps threatening to send his wife back to Connecticut if she continues her friendship with Lady Susan. Morfydd Clark is Lady Susan’s daughter Frederica and she plays her part wonderfully.
Being a fan of Austen and period drama’s made this movie a delight to watch. I really enjoyed the movie with the exception of the screen shoots when it told you the characters name. This was a bit irritating and did nothing really to explain the characters as it was all made clear through the dialogue anyway. Overall really enjoyable and would watch again.