Love & Friendship
0:00/ 45:00
Turn off light Favorite
0
0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5
Loading...
Stream in HD Download in HD

Love & Friendship

In the past quarter-century or so, there have Everybody Wants Some been too many Jane Austen movies and too few Whit Stillman movies. I refrained from starting that sentence with “It is a truth universally acknowledged,” because it isn’t, and also because that would have been too obvious a way of calling attention to the Austen glut and its attendant clichés. I’m happy to report, in any case, that the release of “Love & Friendship” mitigates both the shortage and the surfeit. It’s the Whit Stillman movie that some of us have been waiting a long time for, and also a Jane Austen movie that goes some way toward correcting the record of dull and dutiful cinematic Janeism.

Based on an early, little-known epistolary novella  The Lego Batman Movie called “Lady Susan,” “Love & Friendship” is a reminder that Austen was not only a brilliant architect of screen-friendly plots but also a very funny writer. Mr. Stillman’s script accordingly abounds in rapid-fire sallies of verbal wit that require and reward maximum alertness. There is plenty of low comedy as well, a bracing silliness that places Austen in the line of British humor that extends through P. G. Wodehouse to Monty Python. The lavish costumes and lovely real estate — requirements of the genre — are offset by a fizzy, giddy mood of spirited preposterousness.

A narrative of duplicity, desire and fortune-hunting zips along, propelled by Lady Susan Vernon, a charmer and schemer played with verve and precision by Kate Beckinsale. A less than grief-stricken widow, Susan has the kind of amoral poise Newness that might make her a suitable alpha on “Real Housewives of the Home Counties” circa 1800. Her smile is as radiant as her motives are murky, and she leaves a trail of wreckage and confusion in her wake.

Duration: 90 min

Release:

IMDb: 6.4

Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship