Becoming Jane

From the desk of The Movie Snob

Becoming Jane (B+). You really can’t go wrong with a movie based on one of Jane Austen’s novels. So how about a biopic about the Divine Jane? Turns out that it is a decent bet as well, although my understanding is that very little is actually known about Ms. Austen’s life, so this is probably a work composed mostly of speculation. Anne Hathaway (Interstellar) is Jane as a young woman. She lives with her middling-to-poor family, eking out a living in rural England circa 1800. A wealthy bachelor is taken with her, but she cannot even imagine marrying except for love, and she is decidedly not in love with him. Then a saucy Irish law student named Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy, The Last King of Scotland) crashes into her social milieu, and they clash right away. If you know Pride and Prejudice, you might guess what happens next. But what happens after that? Give Becoming Jane a chance and find out.

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5 comments on “Becoming Jane

  1. […] falls in with a group of soon-to-be hippies, including a college drop-out named Max (Joe Anderson, Becoming Jane) and Max’s lovely little sister Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood, The Ides of March).  Jude and Lucy […]

  2. […] look at the childhoods of two of the first mutants, the telepath Charles Xavier (James McAvoy, Becoming Jane) and the metal-manipulating Erik Lensherr a/k/a Magneto (Michael Fassbender, Centurion).  Flash […]

  3. […] virtuous ones to root for and some wicked villains to hiss as well.  The formidable Maggie Smith (Becoming Jane) is a scene stealer as Robert’s tart-tongued mother, the “dowager countess.”  I give the […]

  4. […] (C-).  Well, here we go again.  It’s the 1980s.  Telepath Charles Xavier (James McAvoy, Becoming Jane) still thinks humans and mutants can learn to get along.  Magneto (Michael Fassbender, Frank) has […]

  5. […] Amin, and he does turn in a typically fine performance. However, I also thought that James McAvoy (Becoming Jane) did a very good job as a young Scottish doctor who goes to Uganda more or less on a whim, by sheer […]

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