Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
Becoming Jane (2007) from Miramax Films, HanWay Films
Rated PG. Drama, Romance, Biography/Period Film
Description (from the film case): It’s the untold romance that inspired the novels of one of the world’s most celebrated authors. When the dashing Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), a reckless and penniless lawyer-to-be, enters Jane’s [Anne Hathaway] life, he offends the emerging writer’s sense and sensibility. Soon their clashing egos set off sparks that ignite a passionate romance and fuel Jane’s dream of doing the unthinkable–marrying for love.
My thoughts: The beautiful film that first made me a fan of Hathaway. I’m sure my already being an Austen enthusiast and a writer myself helped, but Hathaway is truly wonderful in this role, regardless. And McAvoy, a versatile actor, does a heart-wrenching job as Lefroy. The ending is inevitable, and so excellently done.
Yes, Jane, you can live by your pen.
My corresponding reading: Austen’s six classic novels, of course, and Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin.