February 16, 2008

Becoming Jane

I watched this movie last night with the rare advantage of having no preconceptions whatsoever prior to viewing it. I had heard of the movie sometime back, had mentally filed it as a must-see and then proceeded with the usual business of life. From that time until the day I pleasantly discovered it had already been released on dvd, I had read no reviews, heard no comments nor knew of anyone from my circle who had seen it. My verdict. . . .

go and see it! It's completely watchable. From what I understand, the movie is mainly fictional and perhaps loosely based on some facts about Jane. Anne Hathaway was surprisingly good in her role, not that I consider her at all a bad actress, but I wasn't sure she'd be a good fit for Jane. And I think James McAvoy did a really good job playing Lefroy.

My main critique would be that I felt the chemistry between Austen and Lefroy was a little lacking. Though Anne pulled the character off pretty well, I think they could have cast someone better matched to Lefroy's intensity. One of the things I enjoyed about the movie was how it introduced the characters we would later recognize from many of Austen's novels. All in all, a worthwhile choice for a movie night, especially if you're an Austen fan like me!

3 comments:

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Jean said...

Wow, thanks! I feel a bit like a fan who's favorite rock star just invited her for lunch! I'm honored.

Katrina said...

I really enjoyed this movie. I saw it with someone who hated it. I have to say, that's damaged my view of the movie, slightly. I'll have to rent it and view it alone.