Friday, August 10, 2007
The Becoming Jane movie is here much to the delight of Jane Austen fans everywhere. But will it satisfy the way that Emma and Sense and Sensibility did?
There is no question that the photography is beautiful. Anne Hathaway acts the part of Jane with grace, style, depth and honor. I can think of no better actress to portray her. Just as Gwyneth Paltrow became Emma, Anne Hathaway was Jane.
The movie is a fictionalized account of Jane Austen's life. There have been rumors that she suffered a disappointment when she was young. Maybe the reality was very close to this account. I admit that with the turns and twists in the plot I did not know until the very end how the movie and Jane's life would conclude. The final scene is one that will make you gasp wtih surprise.
Though a little bit surprised at some of the bawdy humor and a rather suggestive discussion, I have to say the costumes, the storyline- which was exciting, the fine acting of Jane and her parents, and the strong support for duty won me over. Naturally it is a must see for any Jane Austen fan but I would recommend it for young adults and up.