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August 15, 2007

Becoming Jane - 6

While in the tradition of the biopic, this film focuses more on the young Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) and her relationship to Irishman Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy). She is from the country and her parents (James Cromwell and Julie Walters) would like for her to marry, often conflicted as to whether she should marry for money or for love. She falls for Tom, who is a rugged city law student. The remainder of the film follows the struggles that this socially unacceptable relationship faces.
The film plays like one of the movie adaptation of her novels (i.e. Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility) with the exception of small scenes in which Jame comments on writing about human nature and happy and tragic endings. The film seems to say that the novels define her, rather than her life defining the stories. It works more as a romantic film than as a tribute to her as an influential author.

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