When one discovers that they have a particular obsession with Jane Austen novels, and an infatuation with the fictional character of William Darcy, it may be time to find a solution. For the rich, bored and clever woman, there is Austenland, a wonderous place filled with grand estates, a proper wardrobe and plenty of good looking men to partake with in witty conversation and dancing. But for Jane Hayes, the world of Austen is a part of her identity, and she delights in dressing up, drinking tea and spending Saturday date nights with the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.
Once her friend voices her opinion on this obsession with William Darcy, Jane forms a deal in which she will quit the fantasy after one last visit to the world of an Austenite. If she can look beyond the fantasy, Jane must remove William Darcy from her life all together.
With this deal ever present in her mind, Jane encounters the world of Austenland, and she must discover the difference between reality and fantasy.
If one enjoys the novels of Jane Austen, as well as the films that retell these charming stories, one will find Austenland amusing, clever and a good form of entertainment. From the exaggerated obession of Miss Hayes to the delightful quips related to the eighteen hundreds, this film is sure to communicate that feeling that fans of Austen know well from her stories.
Will Jane conquer this humilating obsession? Will she find what she truly wants? The answer to these questions await you in Austenland.
I give this film a charming row of five fake pheseants.