Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Becoming Jane - Movie

Now, I'm one step closer to completing the Everything Austen challenge. Yay for me! :)


Basically, the movie focused on Jane Austen's life before she wrote her novels (or maybe in the process of writing them). More importantly, the movie centered on Jane Austen's supposed relationship with Tom Lefroy. Keep in mind though that this is a bit fictional. While Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy did know each other and maybe even had a bit of a well, 'something special', I think the movie, maybe, exaggerated it a bit.

As a Jane Austen lover, I really enjoyed the film. I could totally picture Anne Hathaway as Jane and James McAvoy was just superb! I mean, what is up with that guy?! It's like you can give him any role and he. can. deliver. (Now, I'm fangirling. LOL.)

A bit of a spoiler here, so you may stop now. :)

It just seems so sad that Jane Austen, who continues to delight us with such romantic stories and wonderful heros like Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth, didn't get to be with her one true love. A bit sad, don't you think?

16 comments:

lissa said...

I didn't really like the second part of the movie, I thought it was too depressing and sort of knew what was coming, but Anne Hathaway & James McAvoy are great as Austen & Lefroy

bookjourney said...

EXTREMELY sad! I recently watched this movie for the challenge and I did not know that (again with the spoiler) that Jane never married. In real life she was alone.... I was surprised how the movie ended and then sadder yet that I know so very little about this incredible person.

Philip O'Mara said...

Good movie.

It’s time to read a great new romantic comedy, entitled Classes Apart.
This is an adult sporting comedy that follows the fortunes of Paul Marriot, the secretary of the Barnstorm Village Sunday soccer team and coach of a school cricket team in Yorkshire, England. The story describes the remarkable camaraderie between the players and supporters of this little club and their desire to achieve success. The team had previously been known more for its antics off the field, rather than their performances on it.

During his time at the club he meets and becomes involved with Emma Potter, who is the sister of James Potter, a major player for their bitter rivals Moortown Inn. Thus, begins an entangled web of romance and conflict. He also begins working at Derry High School, a school with a poor reputation of academic success, where he becomes coach of the school cricket team. Here he develops an amazing relationship with the children and they embark on an epic journey.
www.eloquentbooks.com/ClassesApart.html

hmsgofita said...

I agree, it was very sad. But it was enjoyable to watch nonetheless. And Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy did an excellent job.

Miss Remmers said...

I'll agree with you - it was very sad. You should read Jane Austen Ruined My Life - while obviously a bit of fiction, it explains in an interesting way ... well I can't really tell you what it explains - but it's a great read and for me at least, it made me feel better about the whole thing. Even though it is only fiction.

Arielle said...

I never knew about this movie before. I love Jane Austen, I'm definitely going to have to see this one!

austenfan said...

Hi everyone! Yep, the ending was really sad. But I appreciated the way they portrayed Jane Austen (her principles, gestures, etc.) :)

thewrittenword said...

I have to agree with you - Ann Hathaway was a great choice for the role of Jane!

Frances said...

Well, I'll watch anything with James and Anne in it!

Padfoot and Prongs - Good Books Inc. said...

You know, I never thought it was to sad. I think her 'Darcy' or at least one true love was writing so at least she had that in her life. Many people never find that kind of love, that is completely theirs so I choose to applaud her decision. Even though I am not sure I could everrr turn down James McAvoy haha.

Padfoot and Prongs - Good Books Inc. said...

You know, I never thought it was to sad. I think her 'Darcy' or at least one true love was writing so at least she had that in her life. Many people never find that kind of love, that is completely theirs so I choose to applaud her decision. Even though I am not sure I could everrr turn down James McAvoy haha.

austenfan said...

@thewrittenword and Frances: Yep, they're awesome! :)

@padfootandprongs: Hmm, never thought of it that way but yeah, that definitely makes so much sense! Thanks for pointing that out! (Now, I can stop feeling sorry for Jane Austen. :p)

Daene said...

I liked this movie a lot - I'm a James McAvoy fan, so that definitely helped! But I really thought it was a pretty good movie overall. :)

Lana said...

I thought it was very sad, but I was disappointed in the second part of the movie. I think that's because I find 'giving someone up for their own good' very irritating.

celi.a said...

I'm very much looking forward to watching this film for the challenge. I've heard such good things about it - and Hathaway and McAvoy are amazing actors, of course. Thanks for reviewing it!

CAM Creations said...

I am such a fan of Jane Austen and whne this film came out i just had to buy it. I thought it was brilliant film. James McAvoy and Anne Hathaway played the characters brilliantly, they seemed to have so much romantic chemistry. Brill film, Loved it. Please follow me at http://camcreations1.blogspot.com/

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