Friday, January 4, 2013

Movie Review: The Northanger Abbey

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.

The Northanger Abbey
Released: 2007
Runtime: 93 mins
Rating: 4/5 stars

I've no idea why i didn't watch this earlier and the truth is that i started watching by accident too. Funny though, since it has become one of my favorite Austen movies. I've not read the book to compare but i can tell you a few things about the movie...

The summary above characterized the book as "lighthearted" and indeed it is true. Is like watching a period romantic comedy. It's funny and cute but you can still Austen's work inside it. It's unlike her work but still her work. You get to see a more "adulty" and different world of that period and more of the town life out of the huge houses and abbeys. 

A story of love, friendship, imagination, marriage and even how books can affect different people, The Northanger Abbey is sure one of the most enjoyable period movies i've seen. (I think it will most easier for the boys who don't like that kind of films to watch too!). 

Other Austen Thingies Reviewed:
Mansfield Park (1999)  
Mansfield Park (2007) 

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