Miss Austen Regrets (2008)

Spoilers in Post: No

Where: Amazon Prime

Rating: TV-G

Year: 2008

Release Type: Television

Plot: At the end of her life, does Jane Austen regret the decisions she has made? How does her views shape the romantic life of her niece?

Scoring Notes: generally a +5 is the highest I will give a component. A -5 is the lowest. If it goes beyond that, then you know I am quite serious


+5 for Olivia Williams. She is a delight in everything she does.

+5 for Tom Hiddleston. A surprise!

+5 for Tom Hiddleston’s hair – short, curly, and blonde.

+5 for Hugh Bonneville. Another delightful surprise.

Production (Writing/Directing/Soundtrack, etc…):

+3 for a for over all directing. The movie’s pacing was a bit off at times – almost if it couldn’t decide if it was telling a story about Jane or a story about her niece, Fanny. But ultimately, it appears, we were being given the chance to see Jane reflect on her past by witnessing her present.

+5 for so many quotable lines. The writing was fantastic. From what I understand the story is lifted directly from letters Jane wrote; so I imagine quite a bit were her own words. The art, here, was piecing everything together into a legitimate story.

+5 for watching again. I don’t recall having seen this one before and it took me a couple of tries to get started on it. But once it truly started and Jane was teasing the Vicar, I was hooked.

+5 for family friendliness.

Favorite Quotes (I am not rating the Austen Quotes because, quite frankly, there are just too many).

” Like someone who can’t cook writing a recipe book.”

“What if you do meet him? And he doesn’t have any money?”
“But if I love him then nothing else matters!”
“What in heaven’s name gave you that idea?”
“It says so in all your books!”
“If that’s what you think they say, my dear, perhaps, you should read them again.”

“Girls of twenty are so desperate to be in love.”

Total Score: 38

No regrets in watching this little film. Have you seen it?

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