Review: Becoming Jane

I saw Becoming Jane this morning with my sister. It was a very pleasant movie and I think I'll actually buy a copy. In June, I posted about my cautious anticipation of this movie. Occasionally, reactions were a bit too modern, but they did try very hard to emphasize the financial predicaments of the main characters. The story was sensitively done (I knew it was a tragedy all along) and included delightful allusions to Austen stories. The best thing, however, were the characters. There were few (if any) "bad" guys, much in keeping with Austen's own works, and even minor characters had some interesting moments that made them into more nuanced people than one would expect. AND those nuances weren't completely explained -- a rare event. The main actors did a very good job, but I wanted to know more about the secondary characters.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys Jane Austen, but don't expect historical fact.

1 comment:

Mummy Grabill said...

I, too, enjoyed Becoming Jane. It was very well done. As you mentioned, I enjoyed the moments that hinted towards inclusion in her books. Anne Hathaway did a great job as did many of the other main actors. I definitely think it merits inclusion in my Jane Austin collection.