Love & Friendship Review – Downton Hilarious


You know good marketing has taken place when Kate Beckinsale’s time on Graham Norton’s show has sold you on the film.

Showcasing the film Love & Friendship, its comedic styling in olden times had me signing up for all sorts of antics.

And oh boy…were there all sorts of antics…

In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy (Xavier Samuel).

That synopsis in itself is already quite fun but boy does it get more wild than that.

Elements of the theatrical weave itself around the language of the 17th Century and as the story unfolds, it becomes this wild affair put into place by Lady Susan.

And Beckinsale absolutely leads the feature as the scheming Lady Susan, with a wonderful supporting cast who help reveal her diabolical plans with reckless aplomb.

Character vignettes presented throughout the feature are delivered with humourous enthusiasm, delivering a sort of timeline of events as Susan’s plans start to conclude.

With intention as deliberate as the language, Love & Friendship is the most fun I’ve had in the Olden Times in a while, and I didn’t think I could have fun in a time as destitute as that.

But perhaps, that’s the most humourous thing about it.


Who would've thought that the 17th Century was so funny?


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