Becoming Jane

Becoming Jane

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Director: Julian Jarrold

Cast: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters


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Events from the life of the author Jane Austen inspired this romantic historical drama, which speculates of a romance that may have had a significant impact on her life and work. Twenty-year-old Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) is the daughter of Rev. Austen (James Cromwell), a minister who looks after a flock


Events from the life of the author Jane Austen inspired this romantic historical drama, which speculates of a romance that may have had a significant impact on her life and work. Twenty-year-old Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) is the daughter of Rev. Austen (James Cromwell), a minister who looks after a flock in a small rural community in Southern England with his wife (Julie Walters). While her older sister, Cassandra (Anna Maxwell Martin), is engaged to be married, Jane resists her family's efforts to match her up with Mr. Wisley (Laurence Fox), the wealthy but dull nephew of Lady Gresham (Maggie Smith), a minor member of the British nobility. Jane has the heart of an artist, and hopes to distinguish herself as a musician or a writer, though her parents don't think much of her prospects. When Jane meets Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), a young man her own age, she's intrigued; while he scoffs at her writing style, he clearly sees she has talent, and is eager for her to learn more of the larger world by exposing her to more daring literature and modern pastimes such as boxing. As Tom begins to court Jane, she finds herself increasingly attracted to this poor but keenly intelligent man, though she soon realizes her own ideas about love and marriage are sometimes at odds with the conventions of the society in which she lives.

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The title Becoming Jane should be taken fairly literally. Viewers with an academic interest in Jane Austen's craft, expecting a Georgian-era Shakespeare in Love, are bound to find Julian Jarrold's film lacking. But those eager to witness the molding of an uncompromising feminist, who refused to marry for financial comfort at a time when loving your husband was considered irrelevant at best, are sure to understand Austen's principled pain by film's end. Becoming Jane starts out a bit tediously, going through the familiar motions of a costume drama in which the lead happens to be one of literature's great talents. Screenwriters Kevin Hood and Sarah Williams aren't interested in winking allusions to the future plot points of Pride and Prejudice; instead, they give us a standard "courtship" between Austen (Anne Hathaway) and Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), a commoner lawyer dependent on a capricious uncle, in which initial comic friction morphs into passionate love. But as the film leaves behind its frivolous beginnings, it really engages the dilemma faced by the young Austen, whose convictions have consequences beyond her own well-being. Her whole family depends on an advantageous match elevating them from poverty, since the literary aspirations of a woman appeared to have no possibility of accomplishing that, and in fact provoked derisive laughter from those who heard the plan. Austen's tragedy was that she would in fact develop the skills needed to prosper in this way, but not soon enough to facilitate the marriage she truly wanted. Hathaway is more than passable, but not particularly memorable, as Jane; the same goes for McAvoy as the rakish lawyer-pugilist, who gives Jane a taste of the life experience needed to become a good writer. Becoming Jane is both handsome and thoughtful, but not enough of either to constitute a major achievement.

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Disc #1 -- Becoming Jane
1. Boundaries of Propriety [8:29]
2. Mr. Lefroy [6:03]
3. Advice to a Young Lady [9:49]
4. Country Dance [9:22]
5. In the Library [6:12]
6. The Best Man [8:08]
7. Affection is Desirable [6:35]
8. Alternative Proposal [9:38]
9. My Heart Has Wings [8:45]
10. An Outrage [8:04]
11. Terrible News [7:25]
12. An Elopement [9:12]
13. Ironic Goodbye [9:58]
14. Parts as Friends [3:34]
15. Will You Read for Us? [9:24]


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Becoming Jane 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
AmorDeLibros More than 1 year ago
This film was exquisitely done. The best part about it was the preformances and the way the preformers delivered their dialogue. Beautifully written. Anne Hathway was an excellent choice for Jane herself, as Hathway is known for being a good and rule-abiding person, and also very honorable. However, I must say, James McAvoy stole the show with his passion and excellent character developement. He was so charming and funny, yet far more complex than he first seemed. I really enjoyed watching his relationship with Hathway go from hostile and dislike to deep-rooted love. The supporting cast was wonderful and compelling as well, and the film was just a treat to watch all around. For fans of Jane and those who aren't familiar with her work - this film can be enjoyed by all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
like the title says i love jane austin. her writing is outstanding, no wonder why she is one of the well know authors of her's and our time. but she didn't get there w/o a little trouble and romance. i laughed, cry screamed at this movie. the cemistry was incredilbe. i love this movie and story and Jane Austin with all my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen is an incredible writer! I love her books, and I believe Anne Hathaway did a great justice to her in this amazing movie! Yes, like others have said, I cried, laughed, screamed "reallyyyy loud", and almost punched my friend whom I was watching it with!!! I also love James McAvoy as Tom Lefroy. It is a great story, with a beautiful romance. A very sad ending, though true, in my opinion. ="
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my solemn opinion, this is the best love story I have ever watched. It is sweet, romantic, cute, and personally my favorite movie. I would DEFINITELY recommend this to ALL ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll have to admit that I was a little hesitant to see this movie because I just couldn't see James MacAvoy "sp?" in a romantic role. After all, the only other movie I've ever seen him in was Chronicles of Narnia and he played a faun. Weird choice for a romantic role. the end of this movie you will be in love with him too. The chemistry between him and Anne Hathaway was incredible and I enjoyed "and cried" throughout the entire movie. I will buy it ASAP as I can't wait to see it again. Julie Walters as Jane's mother was fabulous and the man who played her father "can't remember his name at present, sorry" was supporting, loving yet stern. Maggie Smith "as usual" was stupendous as the old, grouchy aunt and I can't say enough about the rest of the supporting cast. Great movie...from beginning to end!
peppered_piper More than 1 year ago
Though I am a devoted Jane Austen fan, I did not enjoy this film. Or perhaps because I love Austen so much I did not enjoy this film. While I've always admired Hathaway as an actress, her performance was really difficult to watch. Her accent was off and McAvoy, playing her love interest, outshined her by far. In any other movie, McAvoy's performance being stronger than Hathaway's would not bother me in the least, but in a film about so spirited and strong a woman it was unacceptable. The script was peppered with cliches and lines lifted from Austen's work. Overall not my cup of tea.
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Zicke More than 1 year ago
This is a intellectual paotrail of their romance that is touching and does not fall into the "typical" and "cheese" catagory. A must see
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Izzie_reads_books More than 1 year ago
I cried at the end. It was the sweetest book with the sadest ending. I wish they ended up together! But no, she had to--well, watch the movie. It was very good and I watched i more than once. I couldn't help but go "awwwwwwwww!" at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No movie adaptation of a persons life is ever perfect, and of course, this film is no exception however, Anne Hathaway portrays a wonderful Jane Austen and the story line itself makes for a very enjoyable movie. There are so many people out there right now putting down Hathaways performance, saying she was to much unlike the late Jane to do the role justice- many forget that the only photo we have of Jane was a drawing done by her sister, and it was when she was in her 30's! This Jane, the one in the movie, can only be in her early 20's if that! Also, it is true that her brother George did not live with their family "the man who had a mental disability", but once again, not all facts can be accuratly portrayed in a movie. Over all, I absolutely fell in love with this movie, both Hathaway and McAvoy are wonderful. Plus, I'm such a hopeless romantic I was so caught up in the movie that I honestly wasn't thinking from a historical view while watching. Buy it, lol, it's an amazing movie. :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
Becoming Jane is something that I would highly consider a wonderful coming of age story. What amazes me the most is that Jane had the same firey spirit as that of Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice...infact, in the movie, there are some similarities to the relationship with Jane and Tom to the one with Darcy and Elizabeth. This has to be Anne Hathaway's greatest role ever and she will always be best known, (in my book anyway,)as Jane Austen. It is a lovely movie filled with enjoyable characters and a breath taking plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie when it first came out in theatres and was blown away. I saw it because I loved Anne Hathaway and I love anything Jane Austen. Perfect combonation. The story was really wonderful and I didn't know that much about Jane Austen to begin with. She was an extraordinary person and to have this little look into her life is just wonderful. I wish there were more movies about her life, so we could get the full story. It would have been wonderful to have known her. I cried at the end, so be careful make sure you have tissues handy when you watch this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie is so romantic and beautiful. you could only wish that you could fall in love like Jane did. It will bring brought warm tears to your eyes. It was an exciting and exhilarating. A MUST SEE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. The realities of this time period were harsh on women but Jane Austin would not give up on her passion for writing. She was a modern women with drive. She knew she could not settle for a marriage purely for monetary gain or marry for love and deprive others of money. She scarificed her happiness to insure the futures of others. Most people would never do that. I think that she used writing as an outlet to express all that she was feeling. She was one of the most inspiring writers of our time. And I thank her for giving every women hope of the fairy tale love story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I have been a Jane Austen fan for years, this movie puts her books in perspective--it helped me to understand where she was coming from. It is a glimpse into her head and the characters of her books, namely Pride and Prejudice. I found myself completely absorbed in the plot and before I knew it, I was in tears for both the good and the sad experiences Jane had. I LOVED it! Just make sure you have some kleenex when you watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always adored Jane Austen's novels and with the release of so many to TV or DVD, it is only fitting that "her" story be told. No matter how truthful or modernized it is, I believe this is a fitting tribute. Besides anything that may spark further interest in her and her novels is fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this movie. It really makes sense to see her life and know how she came to write the amazing novels she did/
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just watched this for the first time on DVD and it's sure to be the first of many viewings. Also a big fan of Jane Austen, I feel they did justice to her memory. I suspect the actual Jane Austen was more proper in her behavior than this Jane, and I doubt if the romance, if it existed, ever went this far. Still, Jane fans will be delighted at yet another portrayal of the time period and romance fans will be delighted with the passion of an unrequited love. The cinematography was beautiful. The actors outstanding. The storyline creative, though I prefer the characters to be less casual and more prim or pious as they were more likely to be in that day. This film leaned more to the casualness or rustication of today, with today's indiscreet informality regarding certain subjects. Some of the behaviour, mostly implied but still in my opinion bordering on gratuitous, such as the opening scene with Jane's parents, put me off since that behaviour would not have been spoken of in that day in proper gentile society "even if practiced" and is certainly never implied in any Jane Austen novel. Still, I highly recommend this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was so enchanting and capured my heart. This is definitely a movie that I will watch over and over again, I think they choose the perfect actors for this movie. I just wish it would never end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in love with anything by Jane Ausin and to have James McAvoy in one of her stories was just the icing on the cake. He is such a passionate actor that the movie is irresitable and needs to be watched over and over and I am eagerly waiting for James McAvoy to make many more movies especially romance!!!