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Not being an aficionado of Jane Austen at all I watched this film with unbiased and impartial eyes. I know more about the Bronte family who a generation later came to prominence as authors. Like Anne Bronte too I learnt that Jane was the youngest daughter of a church minister. I appreciate that to people who know more about the life story of Jane Austen this film was no doubt quite inaccurate,but to someone who knew very little about her it was a very enjoyable film,especially the last hour or so when romance between Jane and Tom developed. I appreciate too that Jane,as portrayed excellently by Anne Hathaway with a very convincing middle class English accent, bore no resemblance to the 'Plain Jane' that I believe Jane Austen was. Good acting too from the likes of the late Ian Richardson,Maggie Smith and Julie Walters as relatives of the two main characters, also Anna Maxwell Martin as her tragic sister Cassandra whose fiance was killed tragically abroad. My one criticism on that score is that James McAvoy as Tom didn't have any Irish accent at all,though as he was upper class no doubt would explain that. I would say this film's storyline was partially based on Jane's novels of love,sought, found and lost. Scenery was excellent,beautiful house and lake (I enjoyed seeing Jane throw a pebble etc into the lake in one scene) and costumes and dialogue were fine to me though I know some of the dialogue was considered too modern(Jane calling her mother (Julie Walters) 'Mum' for example.) Living not that far from Bath I was of course disappointed it was not featured as her later life was not shown in this film,likewise Blaise Castle in Bristol which was named in her novel ' Northanger Abbby' as was Lawrence Weston,which is near where I live.However,this biopic is a good insight into the life of 20-year-old Jane and well worth watching and buying as it gives you some idea of her early life and failed romances. Good acting all round and just the right length to keep viewers interested. I recommend this film to fans of Austen (if they can watch it was an uncritical eye)and also people like me who knew very little about her. It reveals to us Jane before she became the literary success in the following century,though sadly she died too young to be fully aware of her success I believe. I give this 4 stars as I deducted one as I feel it portrayed her slightly inaccurately and lacked the seriousness of other adaptations.
I love period films so I had high expectations for this movie. Alas I was not rivetted at all as the story unfolded, something was missing. Into the first half I decided this was not 'a keeper' and would offload it once seen. However the second half redeemed itself and made the whole experience worthwhile. Flawed perhaps but still worth viewing, especially if your interested in other Jane Austen movies. In fact this ought to be seen 'before' Pride & Prejudice as the former has much influence on the latter. I ought to give it 3 stars but cant lol, so will give it 4. Besides at the price its being sold at why wouldnt you get it?
Oh one other observation, I regret not getting the Blu Ray version its only a few quid more. So if you have Blu Ray get that one.
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Just like a Mills and Boon, the two main characters in this period drama: Jane (Anne Hathaway) and Tom (James Mcavoy) start out at odds with one another, but this subsequently grows into a deep passion.
It leaves one wondering how true to Jane Austen's life it can really be? It certainly goes to explain some of the characters and themes she used in her plots and it stimulates a need to research her life to clarify these questions. It has a great cast and even if it isn't historically accurate, it's a fantastic film. When seen in conjunction with the production: 'Miss Austen Regrets' it certainly seems like a complex and intriguing jigsaw puzzle in the life of a fabulous female author.
Charming if you like this sort of thing. I enjoyed it: the detail costume and decorwise was totally professional. Writing it must have been quite difficult as, of course, Jane Austen is one of those goddesses of literature whose personal life is cloudy and subject to imaginative interpretation. Ladies and Gentlemen - thumbs up!