Love & Friendship - Review | Movie Hot Take
Hot Take: With quick wit and masterful timing (and Kate Beckinsale's best performance of her career), Love & Friendship is one of the funnier films of 2016. "I'm not going to like this," I thought during the opening moments of Love & Friendship. The pace of Whit Stillman's adaptation of Jane Austen's epistolary novel Lady Susan is unexpected and catches you off guard. It's like waking up in a car going 70 miles per hour after falling asleep poolside on a lazy afternoon. Thrust right into the story, we're bombarded with characters who will provide depth throughout the film but are introduced with such rapid fire succession (and through title cards), your head starts to spin. Don't worry. The feeling passes. Eventually. Once we get our bearings and strap in, the ride Love & Friendship takes us on is marvelous. Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan Vernon, a widow who is considered the most accomplished flirt in all of England, is the stand-out of Love & Friendship. In the first