Monday, April 7, 2008

An Inspiring Story

Becoming A Movie
Becoming Jane is based on the great author, Jane Austen and her relationship with Tom Lefroy. Although the movie is not actually proven to be true, but it is based on real events that were written in the book Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence, who was the historical consultant during production. Many other biographers of Jane Austen have mentioned a relationship between Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy. Becoming Jane was actually shot in Dublin and rural Ireland, and not in Hampshire, England where Jane Austen was born. Becoming Jane grossed more than $37 million worldwide. It was directed by Julian Jarrold. I loved this movie! It was interesting to see Jane Austen's life unfold, and how her own love story inspired some of her greatest novels. It also had that romance that people love. If you want to see what happens in the end, then I guess you will just have to watch it.

The Story
Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) is a young woman who desires to live by her pen but being a woman she is unable to. Pressured by her mother to marry wealthy, Jane refuses and wants to marry for love. Mr. Wisley (Laurence Fox), the nephew of Lady Gresham (Maggie Smith), a rich aristocrat, approaches Jane for a proposal. Of course Jane is appalled that her parents would make her marry for money instead of love. As Jane contemplates the thought of marriage a young gentleman named Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) enters her life. Tom's roguish behavior irks her, but she soon finds that she is falling for the non-aristocrat. Only one problem stands in the way of their love. If they elope they risk losing everything from family to fortune.

The Cast
Anne Hathaway plays the spunky writer, Jane Austen, and she does an amazing job. James McAvoy also does a great job. James Cromwell plays Jane's father, and Julie Walters plays her mother. Joe Anderson portrays Henry Austen, Jane's brother, and Maggie Smith and Laurence Fox portray the aristocrats.

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