Love and Friendship
June 6, 2016
Tally ho, Austenites! There is a new movie with beautiful drawing rooms and sumptuous gowns and men in frock coats and witty banter. Huzzah! This is an adaptation of Austen’s early novella, “Lady Susan,” which I have not read and now must because I want to see if Austen really wrote all those catty comments about Americans.
This was charming if not earth-shattering, and really embraces the witty and comic side of Austen. It’s meant to be ridiculous. Sir James now replaces Mr. Collins as the most ridiculous character in all of Austen.
Meta: I couldn’t stop thinking about how Kate Beckinsale — Lady Susan — and Chloe Sevigny — Mrs. Johnson — also play friends in another period movie, The Last Days of Disco, which I somehow can’t stop thinking about and seems to constantly be relevant to other situations. I can’t explain it.
Side note: So Osprey Cam. For awhile they had to put a viewer discretionary advisory on the site because three of the four chicks died. I wanted to share something happy and then it turned into Nature Death Cam. I feel awful.
But chick #4 and parents seem to be doing fine. I’ll be over here crossing all my fingers.