See what they did here... took major plot points and character tropes from Jane Austen's novels life and fitted them into a story about Jane Austen!! AMAZING!!
Actually, it's not bad at all, thanks to a thankfully simple nuts-and-bolts script and a fine cast who do a very good job with adequate material. Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy are great, while James Cromwell & Ian Richardson are terrific in their supporting roles. It's largely forgettable and utterly inoffensive, but an enjoyable watch if you like this kind of thing. It's not a patch on the best cinematic versions of Austen's novels, which are definitely worth seeking out.
I was surprised to see that director Julian Jarrold's other work includes the made-for-tv 'Red Riding: 1974". That is a million miles (and 250 years) away from this; dark, gritty, violent and nasty. It's fantastic.