Thursday, August 2, 2007

See Jane fall in love; see Jane get ideas

Summary: "Becoming Jane," a speculative story about the real Jane Austen and a supposedly pivotal failed love affair, short changes the wit, irony and bite of an Austen novel.

Anne Hathaway (fair) plays Austen, and James McAvoy (charming) portrays Tom Lefroy, the Irishman with whom Austen supposedly fell madly in love. The movie takes liberties with history (no big deal) but lacks the keen sense of wit and social observation (a very big deal) that would have made it seem like more than a limp warm-up for "Pride & Prejudice."

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