Recently, I watched a couple of book related movies. Today I think I'll give my thoughts on them.
First up Lost in Austen (DVD). Amanda Price (Jemima Rooper) has a boring job and an unromantic boyfriend. There are some nights she just wants to curl up with her favorite book, Pride and Prejudice. She wishes she lived in it. She gets her wish when Elizabeth Bennett (Gemma Arterton who also played Tess in the BBC production of Tess of the D'Ubervilles) shows up standing in her bathtub. A door in Amanda's apartment is a gate between the 21st century and Jane Austen's imagined world of Pride and Prejudice. She and Elizabeth switch places and Amanda finds that the world she dreamed of isn't quite what she expected.
I didn't realize that this was a mini-series until I was up after midnight waiting for it to finish! It was a lot of fun though. A definite chick-flick. I had read Lost in Austen which is an interactive book where the reader changes the outcome of the Austen novels- all of them. The movie only focuses on Pride and Prejudice and Amanda takes our place. Still, like the book, every little thing that Amanda does changes the plot in major ways. She also finds out some unexpected things about the characters Mrs Bennett (Alex Kingston) is 'a real ball buster' and Wickham (Tom Riley) has a softer side. She even finds out some shocking surprises from Georgiana Darcy and Caroline Bingley (Christina Cole).
I didn't real feel the chemistry between Amanda and Mr Darcy (Eliot Cowan). In fact, I wanted her to run off with Mr Wickham- that bad boy. I loved seeing Lizzie in the modern world. I always thought she was too smart for Darcy.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (DVD) A baby is born to a wealthy family in New Orleans with the unfortunate condition of being an elderly infant. The father, shocked and disgusted, leaves the baby on the steps of an old folks home. Queenie (Taraji P. Henson) who works at the home takes the baby and names him Benjamin. As Benjamin (Brad Pitt) grows, he seems to be getting younger. Benjamin meets Daisy (Cate Blanchett) and falls in love with her but circumstances keep them apart. Benjamin goes off to war while Daisy becomes a ballerina. Later they will come together again but Benjamin's condition is always an obstacle.
This was a beautiful looking movie with an interesting storyline. It was actually quite sad. How would in feel to age in the opposite direction than everyone else? Although it's based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, from what I've read it's a much different story.
I enjoyed Benjamin Button though it was a strange tale.