Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Becoming Jane

A delightful, albeit unbelievable, imagining of the youthful affair between Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy, a young Irish barrister-to-be. The film had luscious settings with cinematography reminiscent of similar literary tales. The acting was also excellent, especially Julie Walters and James Cromwell as Jane's parents, however small their role. I enjoyed the youthful passion displayed by James McAvoy as Tom (similar to his outing in Starter for Ten which I also enjoyed). All in all a pleasant way to spend two hours, then return home and pick up a good book, perhaps something by Jane Austen.

2 comments:

JohnJEnright said...

"delightful, albeit unbelievable"

Perfect phrase. I liked the film too.

James said...

Thanks. The film was obviously aimed at people who only know Austen through the movie versions of her books. That said, the rest of us can suspend belief and relish the vision of Anne Hathaway scribbling novels inspired by her brief affair with Tom Lefroy.