Saturday, August 18, 2007

Becoming Jane

Today's movie with Mom was Becoming Jane; A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

Author Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) eventually became famous for writing epic novels like Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

This movie is loosely based on her early years as an aspiring author with dreams of doing what was then nearly unthinkable - marrying for love. As a young woman in the 18th century, writing was not a respectable goal for a young woman. With the entire world telling her she can't achieve her dreams and her parents searching for a wealthy, well-appointed husband to assure their daughter's future social standing, Jane meets and falls in love with a charming rogue, Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), who inspires her to write the books generations have come to know and love.

Although there were some funny moments, I felt it was somewhat dark and at times seemed to drag on. It was a good movie, but not anything I would run out to buy once it's released on DVD.

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