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With only the smallest element based on reality, this film fails to convince or really engage one's emotions, in its portrayal of Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy's brief "relationship". It's shown exclusively through 21st century eyes with more than a dash of feminist revisionism thrown in for good measure in a misguided attempt to gain audience numbers which it failed to do - scarcely recouping its £16million budget. Beautifully designed and photographed though it is, the script clunks, and the uneven direction doesn't help either. Worse of all is the lack of emotional substance between the two protagonists that distances the viewer from their predicament. The writers have added so much false information to the plot, and reimagined the character of Tom Lefroy so substantially, as to make the story laughable to anyone who knows anything about the true incidents that inspired the film - little more than three short extracts from Austen's letters exists. Add to this a totally fictional coda, and a visit to Ann Radcliffe, the troubled author of such gothic novels as "The Mysteries of Udolpho", and you have a right old pseudo-literary dog's dinner. Still the cameos by Maggie Smith et al are enjoyable enough, even if the ultimate experience resembles "false news" with period petticoats, naked bathing, and trip to the local brothel thrown in to tittilate! Disappointing but watchable.
As a pastiche Jane Austen rom-com this works OK, the production has ticked all the boxes of the formula established by the 1995 BBC Pride & Prejudice; as a drama about Jane Austen herself it doesn't convince. Good actress though she is, Anne Hathaway is too beautiful, too tall, too elegant. The rest of the cast has too little to do - top-notch actors like Julie Walters & James Cromwell (as Jane's parents-cum-Bennets Snr) & James McAvoy (as the Darcy clone) are frankly wasted. The film looks good, but another similar effort, made at about the same time for TV & starring the more convincing Olivia Williams as Jane Austen, is far far better. Incidentally, the sound quality on the film itself, but not the extra features, was so poor we had to turn the volume to maximum AND put the subtitles on!
Although entertaining viewing with quips from, and references to, Austen's books, chemistry is lacking since the main characters seem too self-absorbed and self-centred, with little care for the family or friends beyond the occasional hug. One would expect the story of Jane Austen to put some self-depreciative insights in between personal pain and the oppressive will of society.
Adoro Jane Austen, e non vedevo l'ora di vedere questo film che ripercorre i primi anni dell'autrice Film bellissimo, in stile Orgoglio e Pregiudizio. Si piange dalla seconda metà del film fino alla fine, Anne Hatataway è veramente bravissima.
Habe den Film wegen Anne Hathaway gekauft. Ist nicht schlecht, doch habe ich auch schon Besseres von ihr gesehen. Vielleicht gibt die Geschichte, die das Leben von Jane Austin mit unerfüllter Liebesgeschichte beschreibt, einfach nicht mehr her. Alles war auch etwas vorhersehbar, wird weiterverkauft, weil es nicht zu meinen Lieblingsgeschichten gehören wird.
I am an Austen fan, but I found myself walking away from this film several times to do other things while trying to watch it.
It's not bad really, just not enough to keep my interest from beginning to end.
I'd rate Miss Austen Regrets above this film and this film above Austenland... yes, I know that they're all different films, but if you've seen those films, this should give you an idea of what to expect.
As bored as I was, I really can't find further fault with the film (other than Hathaway's attempt at an English accent could have been better), given that I only paid £3 for it and Amazon sent it to me for free.