Sunday night premiered Jane Austen's first novel (which was ironically published last), Northanger Abbey. OK ladies, what is the verdict? As for myself, I couldn't have been more pleased. In fact, I might even go so far as to say that I liked it better *gasp* than Persuasion. I realize it wasn't as serious or deep as Persuasion, but it had such a fun, frolicking feel to it, I couldn't help but fall in love with the story and characters. Felicity Jones was excellent as Catherine Morland, the spritely young lass who is a hopeless romantic, and an imaginative dreamer. Like all of Austen's girls, she is grounded in morals, values and even a touch of naivete; which all combine to make her quite simply: charming. I loved the flashbacks into her gothic romance novels, where she is being dragged around dark castles with her hair flying back, and men are trying to ravish her. I also liked the sweet and Jude Law-ish looking Mr. Tilney, who seemed to compliment our dear Catherine in every way. In a lot of respects, this film reminded me of Emma. It had the same light-hearted, fanciful feel to it (despite the foreboding look of Northanger Abbey itself). I also enjoyed the musical score that accompanied this film. I thought the best scene was after they were out for a horseback ride in the rain, and Mr. Tilney tenderly wipes the dirt smudge off Catherine's face. *sigh* So sweet. Cupcake Chowder gives this Jane Austen romp 4 stars!
What did you think?