Becoming Jane (PG)

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Time Out says

Tue Mar 6 2007

1795, and money is tight at the Austen country parsonage, placing no little onus on daughter Jane (Anne Hathaway) to make a lucrative marriage. This bright, independent-spirited 20-year-old may have her own ideas, however, since she’s not hugely keen on nice-but-dim suitor Mr Wisley (Laurence Fox), even if he does comes with a fortune and the backing of aunt Lady Gresham (Maggie Smith). Cue rakish Irish trainee lawyer Tom (James McAvoy), visiting his Hampshire relatives from London, and a waspish metropolitan match for Jane’s keen wit. Shame he’s a rogue with barely a penny to his name...

So, according to recent research, a youthful spot of ill-fated love helped mould Jane Austen into a great writer, and on the back of that comes this capable dramatisation. Perhaps unexpectedly, Hathaway projects the insightfulness of the future author with no little charm, and McAvoy’s charismatic enough to convince as the slightly cocky object of her ardour (if less persuasive in bare-torsoed boxing scenes). Overall, the approach is less fluffily contrived than you’d expect, and though the alignment of circumstance and social status thwarting innocent passions is hardly fresh, it’s handled with thoughtful decorum. The emotional temperature’s rather restrained as a result, but with luxury casting all down the line (James Cromwell and Julie Walters line up as Jane’s parents), elegant visuals balancing verdant and velvet, and a delightful faux-classical score, it’s a classy package, all right – just missing the extra spark.
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PG

UK release:

Fri Mar 9, 2007

Duration:

120 mins

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Technoguy

I thought this a worthwhile film despite its derivation from a lot of her fiction. the portrayal of small groups of people in a limited,perhaps confining environment and to mould the apparently trivial incidents of their lives into a poised comedy of manners. Her characters are middle-class and provincial;their most urgent preoccupation is with courtship and marriage. In her short life she wrote 6 novels and never married,so the film uses the bare outlines of an uneventful life and her strong family ties. The film quits itself well, its leading actors, McEvoy and Hathaway portray their parts with a healthy measure of realism,showing that even love is not enough if the circumstances and economics are against it. That she is presented by a suitor with wealth outside of this and she declines despite her family's need shows a lot into what made her succeed as a writer.The film shows the dilemma faced by unmarried daughters looking for a husband: planting potatoes and pig watching between the chance to meet the opposite sex at country dances.The cinematography was excellent,the use of colour and the tone of the film were superb.Some racy scenes of bare knuckle boxing and men in the nude skinny-dipping added to the overall palette.

Diana

I thought the film was absolutely incredible, and the acting was superb. yes it is like many other films of that period, but what really sets becoming jane apart is the fact that you can actually feel how much they love each other and their desperation and absolute inability to do anything about their situation can be seen from the way the look at eachother.. it is very well acted and was very believable whereas in many others I have found the story and feelings to be fake. If someone knows anything about love and has experienced even remotely what the characters are going through, then you will undoubtedly relate to them and see that their acting is very good in portraying these emotions... It is in my top 4 endless love films!! Definitely a must see!! :)

Diana

I thought the film was absolutely incredible, and the acting was superb. yes it is like many other films of that period, but what really sets becoming jane apart is the fact that you can actually feel how much they love each other and their desperation and absolute inability to do anything about their situation can be seen from the way the look at eachother.. it is very well acted and was very believable whereas in many others I have found the story and feelings to be fake. If someone knows anything about love and has experienced even remotely what the characters are going through, then you will undoubtedly relate to them and see that their acting is very good in portraying these emotions... It is in my top 4 endless love films!! Definitely a must see!! :)