Becoming Jane Reviews
"A biographical portrait of the romance between the young, love-struck (pre-fame) author Jane Austin and a penniless Irish Lawyer serves as the creative inspiration for her work in this enchanting, speculative story."
It takes place in the country and London, but mostly far away from anything, so the scenes are very vivid and full of colour and natures brisk attitude. The acting is like taking them out of an old book and especially Anne hathaway and James McAvoy do a splendid job, but the rest of the cast and crew have worked hard to make the personalities, with quirks, errors and lovely characteristics stand out.
but the ending...
dont like it.
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.
also stars James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith, Anna Maxwell Martin, Lucy Cohu, Laurence Fox and Ian Richardson.
directed by Julian Jarrold.