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message 1: by valee (new)

valee Plot
Events from the life of the author Jane Austen inspired this romantic historical drama, which speculates of a romance that may have had a significant impact on her life and work. Twenty-year-old Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) is the daughter of Rev. Austen (James Cromwell), a minister who looks after a flock in a small rural community in Southern England with his wife (Julie Walters). While her older sister, Cassandra (Anna Maxwell Martin), is engaged to be married, Jane resists her family's efforts to match her up with Mr. Wisley (Laurence Fox), the wealthy but dull nephew of Lady Gresham (Maggie Smith), a minor member of the British nobility. Jane has the heart of an artist, and hopes to distinguish herself as a musician or a writer, though her parents don't think much of her prospects. When Jane meets Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), a young man her own age, she's intrigued; while he scoffs at her writing style, he clearly sees she has talent, and is eager for her to learn more of the larger world by exposing her to more daring literature and modern pastimes such as boxing. As Tom begins to court Jane, she finds herself increasingly attracted to this poor but keenly intelligent man, though she soon realizes her own ideas about love and marriage are sometimes at odds with the conventions of the society in which she lives.

Complete Cast Of Becoming Jane
Anne Hathaway - Jane Austen
Julie Walters - Mrs. Austen
Maggie Smith - Lady Gresham
Lucy Cohu - Eliza De Feuillide
Ian Richardson - Judge Langlois
Leo Bill - John Warren
Eleanor Methven - Mrs. Lefroy
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor - Robert Fowle
Guy Carleton - Coachman
Philip Culhane - George Austen
Louise Marie Kerr - Admirer
Gina Costigan - 3 Caroline
Don Doherty - Michael Patric
Tom Maguire - Miscreant
Donal O'Farrell - Black Bob
James McAvoy - Tom Lefroy
James Cromwell - Reverend Austin
Anna Maxwell Martin - Cassandra Austen
Laurence Fox - Mr. Wisley
Joe Anderson - Henry Austen
Jessica Ashworth - Lucy Lefroy
Michael James Ford - Mr. Lefroy
Elaine Murphy - Jenny
Russell Smith - 2nd Coachman
Helen McCrory - Mrs. Radcliffe
Sophie Vavasseur - jane Lefroy
Chris McHallem - Mr. Curtis
Tara Nixon O'Neill - Wine Whore
Lynda Lee - Soprano


message 2: by valee (new)

valee This was the first movie I actually watched about the author. I loved it.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) I must watch this movie. Anne Hathaway is one of my favourite actresses.


message 4: by valee (new)

valee It really is a great movie.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) Thanks, Lady Vale.


message 6: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Seeing her life become real in this movie she was so sad to me. Not getting to have her HEA was heart breaking.


message 7: by valee (new)

valee I know! I was waiting to see the HEA but it never came. Still I LOVED the movie.


message 8: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Yes I did too, I thought it was well done.


message 9: by Nicole (new)

Nicole (thebookwarrioress) | 4 comments I could see how some the themes of her books related to her life after seeing that movie (if it was accurate).

I liked the movie, it was sad though.


message 10: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 139 comments I was unable to finish this movie due to
Tom Lefroy's disgusting discussion about...do I really have to say this...no, I don't...


message 11: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
I'm interested - except I know Austen didn't have a happy ending.... Shame :(


message 12: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 139 comments nor she find herself a Darcy either and she died much too young!! I could always find a use for the books she could have written but didn't.


message 13: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (stephanie-jo) | 111 comments I just watched this movie this weekend. It was very well done. I am glad that they stuck to the story of her life and did not change anything.


message 14: by Nicole D. (new)

Nicole D. (thereadingrebel) | 158 comments I really enjoyed this movie and would recommend it.I thought that Anne Hathaway did a good job as Jane and Maggie Smith(she does a great job in everything)is one of my favorite actresses.


message 15: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 139 comments I don't know you managed to get through the animal mating part though. I never did. It ruined the air or let's say aura about Jane. Not that Anne Hathaway was terrible at Ms. Austen's character..it's that it ruined everything for me and plus it disgusted me.


message 16: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Winslow (shannon_winslow) | 4 comments I own, love, and have watched this movie many times. But it should not be taken for a factual account of Jane Austen's life. Yes, Tom Lefroy existed and Jane mentioned in a letter having met, danced, and generally carried on with him on one occasion. The rest is speculation and fiction. This doesn't spoil the story or invalidate the movie, at least not for me. It just puts it in perspective.


message 17: by Anne (new)

Anne (cinderella16) | 115 comments I want to watch this so bad. My aunt has seen it, but she says there was one part in it...probably what Anna was talking about, so I haven't gotten to see it yet. Hopefully soon!


message 18: by Marren (new)

Marren | 764 comments Good acting in this movie from both James and Anne. When I first watched this movie Tom made me blush in certain parts. haha...


message 19: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
Haha. Blush in a good way or bad ;) ?
How sad did you think it was?
I want to see it!


message 20: by Marren (last edited Sep 25, 2012 07:58PM) (new)

Marren | 764 comments haha, I just realize how ambiguous my statement was. I meant he made me blush when he did certain of his scenes. Maybe it was because of James Mcvoy. I think it was when I watch this movie, I googled his name to get more movies he starred in :P. It was sad for me when Jane did not get the ending I think she deserved. The writers at least stuck to that true part of her life (pertaining to marriage). I do not want to go into specifics because I do not want to ruin it for you.


message 21: by Marren (new)

Marren | 764 comments This is a trailer for the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYViBf...


message 22: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 139 comments Is worth watching the whole movie through when I am older, perhaps?


message 23: by Marren (new)

Marren | 764 comments Yes, it is a lovely movie. On the DVD simply says PG.


message 24: by Marren (new)

Marren | 764 comments This is a site for you if you want to know more about the rating. It is very detailed http://parentpreviews.com/movie-revie...


message 25: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
It Is sad! But good to be accurate!
Thanks for the links! :)


message 26: by Marren (new)

Marren | 764 comments No problem.


message 27: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Louise Smith (sarahlouisesmith) I liked this a lot but it did make me cry! But if things has worked out better for Jane romantically then maybe she wouldn't have written six novels and what a horrible world it'd be without them ;)


message 28: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
Aww no!!
That is true!! I couldn't have that!! :O


message 29: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Louise Smith (sarahlouisesmith) We have started talking about this on another thread so thought I'd post a comment to bring this thread to everyone's attention. So who has seen this, who hasn't? If you haven't, watch it and we can discuss :)


message 30: by Aerykah (new)

Aerykah | 48 comments Sarah Louise wrote: "We have started talking about this on another thread so thought I'd post a comment to bring this thread to everyone's attention. So who has seen this, who hasn't? If you haven't, watch it and we ca..."

Thanks for doing that, Sarah! :)
I won't have time to watch it before I head out of state, but I think I'm going to get it from my library when I get home.


message 31: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Louise Smith (sarahlouisesmith) It's definitely worth watching :) Some of it is more fiction than truth but it gives you an idea of what it was like for a female writer at that time, the obstacles Jane had to overcome, etc. James M is sooo cute too!


message 32: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
I own it! I need to watch it!!


message 33: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Louise Smith (sarahlouisesmith) Watch it soon Soph and then we can compare views! I might watch again this week too.


message 34: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
Will do! :)


message 35: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca May | 561 comments Well, I'm sure Soph at least will be proud of me, but I just finished watching Becoming Jane. :)
Have you watched it yet Soph? Because I would love to compare views with you.

For the moment, overall impression... :'(


message 36: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
I haven't watched it yet!! I will v v v soon and I want to discuss as well!

Is that sad but good??


message 37: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca May | 561 comments Sad but.... sad. :D

It was good, but as you know I am a very wordy (well, that's one way of putting it) person, so I am dying to discuss all the many points of view I have on various parts of the movie.

I will say that I didn't think Anne Hathaway could pull off Austen, but she does wonderfully.
And <3 James McAvoy. :D


message 38: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
Some people have seen it who we talk to so begin your discussions with them :)

Did you cry? ;)


message 39: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Louise Smith (sarahlouisesmith) I've seen it Becca so go right ahead.

I cried... Oh and James M - so cute!


message 40: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca May | 561 comments :) I did cry a little - and James M is so adorable!

Anyway... I've been bothered ever since I finished watching it wondering whether I would have done the same thing as Jane in regards to Tom.
I think I would have gone through with the elopement and fought for a life together, but you don't really know until you've been in that situation, do you?

The only other impressions to talk about that immediately come to mind are:
1. I hate that Judge dude... a lot.
2. I respect that young Wisley man a lot more than I thought I would at the start of the film.
3. I started crying...again...the way that James acted Tom saying his daughters name and kind of stumbling over it - perfect acting, so sweet and sad! :'(


message 41: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Louise Smith (sarahlouisesmith) I agree with all your points!

Wisley, definitely more likeable than you expect...

I think I would have fought more, I'm quite passionate and did indeed have to overcome some difficult odds to be with my husband (he was worth it!)

And the bit with his daughter, oh so emotional!

Of course, much of the film is fiction and we don't know what really happened... But he did really name his daughter Jane.


message 42: by Rebecca (last edited Dec 22, 2012 12:43PM) (new)

Rebecca May | 561 comments Thanks. :)

Wisley ended up kind of cute and sensible actually.

I too am passionate and would like to believe that I would have fought more - of course, I have no situation really to compare it to. The only situation in which my "passion" has most presented itself is being asked on a date by the boy that I loved, having him betray me and for more than two years watch him with my best friend, only finally giving up on him after he chose another of my best friends over me. So, not much of a comparison... But I'm glad you got what you wanted. :)

:) It was very emotional! And very sweet too.

I think that fact that he did name his daughter Jane is... telling, to say the least. And besides, apparently when Lefroy was asked on his deathbed who the love of his life was he replied "Jane Austen... in a boyish way." Awwww! :)


message 43: by Pam (new)

Pam I liked the movie and it was sad.Pam


message 44: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
It looks sad...


message 45: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
It looks sad...


message 46: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca May | 561 comments It is sad, but overall I think it is really worth it. :)


message 47: by [deleted user] (new)

It is a great movie!


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