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Product Details

  • Actors: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith
  • Directors: Julian Jarrold
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: May 22 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000ZIZ0RU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,172 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Like Molière, which was released in theaters around the same time, Becoming Jane isn't a conventional biopic. Instead, Julian Jarrold (White Teeth) expands on events from Jane Austen's life that may have shaped her fiction. To his credit, he doesn't stray too far from the facts. In 1795, 20-year-old Jane (Anne Hathaway with believable British accent) is an aspiring author. Her parents (Julie Walters and James Cromwell) married for love, and money is tight. They hope to see their youngest daughter make a more lucrative match, and there's a besotted local, Mr. Wisley (Laurence Fox, son of actor James Fox), who would be happy to oblige. Unfortunately, Jane isn't interested. Then, she meets brash law student Tom (The Last King of Scotland's James McAvoy), while he's staying with relatives in rural Hampshire. As in many Austen novels, it isn't love at first sight--but rather irritation. Just as affection begins to bloom, Tom has to return to London, and Wisley, whose financial prospects are superior, proposes. To complicate matters, Tom's uncle (Ian Richardson in his final performance) disapproves of the outspoken young lady just as much as Wisley's aunt (Maggie Smith, lending the proceedings some subtle humor). Had Austen penned the script, Tom and Wisley would be combined into one person, but life doesn't work that way--and nor does Becoming Jane. Though Jarrold's effort may not be as swoon-worthy as Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice, it remains true to the spirit of the author's work.

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By 2eBlue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 5 2015
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I can watch this again and again and find more reasons to love it. It is an endearing story of what could have happened to create the incredible stories J.A. wrote. This movie will have you laughing and crying while making you think. An all-star cast who give terrific performances in their various roles. A fairytale romantic comedy ??? I think not. It's a dramatic glimpse at a what could have been scenario.
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I actually did like this movie and found it quite enjoyable. Anne Hathaway was lovely and did a really good job of this fantasized version of Jane Austen. James McAvoy was quite magical as Tom Lefroy. The supporting cast - all perfect, and it was interesting to imagine along with the scriptwriter that THIS encounter prompted her to invent Sense & Sensibility or THAT chance meeting inspired Pride & Prejudice, and so on. However, let's not kid ourselves that this tale bears much similarity to the REAL life of Jane Austen.

While Tom Lefroy WAS a real person, and he and Jane DID meet (on possibly three separate occasions - at very public country dances) - and they may indeed have "fancied" each other ... that's probably as far as it went. He would not have married her because she had no fortune - and neither did he. It was imperative that he marry for money - if for no other reason than that he WAS the eldest son and had 11 or 12 brothers and sisters who depended upon him. We might not like that idea today, but it was normal then.

As lovely an idea as eloping with the man of your dreams may be..... it did not, could not have happened. Jane could never have gone home again and certainly would never have been accepted into polite society after gallivanting off ALONE with a member of the opposite sex. Two hundred years ago, values and customs were far more rigid than they are today. (Just over ONE hundred years ago, my paternal grandparents eloped - she was from a very upper class family; he was an apprentice to the local blacksmith. They moved from a small Gloucestershire village to London, where he actually did quite well and took very good care of her - but her family cut her off completely and she had no contact with them ever again.
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Whenever a new Jane Austen tale is filmed, I'm there. Ang Lee's Sense & Sensibility is my favourite - Joe Wright's Pride & Prejuduce and Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park also. The most intriguing thing for me about setting out to see this film for the first time was that it wasn't an Austen tale, it was a tale about Austen. The story is inspired by a true-life flirtation between budding writer Jane (Anne Hathaway) and young law student Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) and the effect it has on Jane's (and Tom's) life and writing. The film treats the relationship, perhaps, more seriously than the real relationship between Jane and Tom (as documented in Jon Spence's "Becoming Jane Austen" which pieces together Jane's life through historic correspondence and accounts by her ancestors) but since her sister, Cassandra, destroyed stacks of letters written by Jane, the depth of her feelings towards Tom will never fully be known.

This film does not have the lush cinematography of Ang Lee's Sense & Sensibility but it has a slight rawness that lends to the atmosphere of the time and the poverty that the Austen family were challenged with. The performances by James Cromwell, Julie Walters, Maggie Smith and Ian Richardson give this film a solid foundation. Anne Hathaway's performance pleasantly surprised me. She has been critized for her English accent but I think she portrayed a very spirited, smart, and passionate Jane. You can clearly tell Anne's heart was in this role. James McAvoy is superb as Tom Lefroy. He's charming, impish, thoughtful, funny and, well, very easy on the eyes. He's one of my favourite actors and definately one to watch for in the future.

I highly recommend this film. It's charming, romantic, funny, and heartbreaking. I gave it four stars only because I would give S&S five stars.
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but not again and again - but it is because there is no happy ending. I just hope they were true as much as is possible to know
about Jane Austin.
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Amazing movie, but when I bought this copy I didn't realize there were differnt formats. So sadly I can't watch this movie on any of my DVD players.
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By Duchess TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 6 2011
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We really enjoyed this movie of Jane Austin. It has a good storyline and we have seen it a few times since we bought it. Some of the other Jane Austin movies that are out we also have in our DVD library that have been a good investment.
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Becoming Jane, a movie about the life of Jane Austen, is a fantastic romance with a quality that is very hard to come by. It was heart-stopping, tear-jerking and full of "gentle" emotion. Anne Hathaway did a lovely job in portraying Jane Austen. She made you feel, hope and love...her emotions were felt by viewers and really let you see what times were like back then. James McAvoy...WOW!!!!!!!!! What else is there to really say about his acting? THAT MAN IS HOT!!! His intensity was unreal, and his eyes kept you entranced. This is definately one of those movies that you want to watch with some klee-nex, and when it ends...guaranteed! you will watch it again! GREAT GREAT MOVIE!!
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