Becoming Jane Reviews
Not saying the script lacks sophistication but you'd also expect more verbally exhausting dialogue in a movie that pays homage to Austen. Pleasantly enough it doesn't overwrite us with conceit but at the same time fans of her novels might be disappointed.
Most of the highlights are the subtle humor and watching McAvoy verbally duel things out with Hathaway; unfortunately both of these aspects die out of the film half way through.
In the end it does the job without becoming an annoying blatant analysis of her literature but barely holds the viewers attention long enough to care for her somewhat generic "life experiences". If this weren't fiction it makes you wonder why there aren't more legendary authors running about.
Starring: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters.
I have never read a Jane Austen novel and if you had asked me a year ago if I was interested in seeing this film, I would have said no....but since then, I have found a passion for films, I have branched out to many different genres and languages and found some brilliant films....so I told my mum and sister about this film, both readers of Jane Austen and as soon as they wanted to see it, I was interested.
The film at times, as a love story and a period piece is by the numbers, there is nothing new to be found in this film that hasn't really been done before, but I can't deny that it is a well made film with a touching love story at the center, full of heart and emotion and that alone makes it a step above other films like it. It is beautifully shot (I can forgive the overuse of manual focus from the director), with some amazing landscape shots and set design, as well as very authentic costumes. The screenplay does follow formula and it will probably remind many people of Jane Austen's stories, as alot of them are based on her life, but there is a touching and beautiful love story, some great witty humour and charm to be had, as well as some great performances from the leads, with Anne Hathaway being the biggest surprise of them all, showing great charm and essence on screen, as well as a near spot-on english accent.
I am glad I saw the film, you don't necessarily have to know Jane Austen or be a big fan of her writing to enjoy this film, it is formulaic and about 15 minutes too long, but the film is beautifully shot, full of charm and wit, amazing performances and a heartwarming little love story at the center. Recommended.
A very forgettable storyline. I rented it again not remembering that I had already seen it. When I saw it again, I remember thinking that I had seen it before and thought, "This is awful! Why am I watching it?"