Becoming Jane [Blu-ray]
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Like MoliÃ¨re, 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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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.Read more ›
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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