Becoming Jane

Sunday, 13 June 2010

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I'm writing on the film, Becoming Jane, and I find myself wanting other opinions. Loosely based on Jane Austen's biography, this film was savagely attacked by the critics, mainly because it took such liberties with the real facts of her life. But to be honest, I don't really care whether films are faithful or not, but rather, what they seek to say, both explicitly and silently. If anyone has seen it, I'm wondering what your opinion is? Did you love it, or hate it, and why? Or, if you haven't seen it, what is your immediate response to the images from the film?

32 comments:

marie said...
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marie said...

i agree, a film just needs to be able to stand on its own two feet. i liked this one, the countryside is beautiful for one thing :)

Principia said...

to me this is a very sad film. I don't know much about the historical accuracy of it but it seemed to me that they wanted to focus on the irony and drama in her life as opposed to her character's 'happy ending', as if telling us that happy endings only exist in fiction, or something like that. at least that's what I felt. I'm glad James McAvoy was in it though :p

Sarah In Wonderland said...

oh i adored it, so aesthetically delightful - so what if historical liberties were taken? that's an overly pedantic view - it wasn't a film about history, it was a film about the human heart, and in that respect it fulfilled its goal perfectly.

bronwyn said...

I haven't had the chance to see it yet but the film stills are beautiful - with a bit of sadness. The first image of the lonely gray beach is stunning. And I also agree that a film doesn't need to be historically accurate as long as it is true to the message it is trying to convey.

the maisies said...

haven't seen it, but definitely will after seeing this

Danica said...

haha. Screaming? haha. I sometimes feel like if my computer can understand what I'm saying and decides to spite me at times of heightened frustration.
And I love Hathaway....I will add this movie to my net-flicks.

Danica said...

and I forgot to answer the question on your post...the reason I want to add it to my movies is because the images provoked of loneliness and desperation. I love Hathaway and quill pens...haha and I love Austen...so I don't see why I wouldn't like it.

Sundari said...

I actually have this film, but haven't watched it. I'm going to watch it this week.

A red lipstick said...

I haven't watched the film, but those pictures are breathtaking. Such beauty!
When watching a film the aesthetics are just as important to me as the plot, and these pictures definitely made me want to watch becoming jane!

onesilentwinter said...

oh, i am not sure. well yes, i liked it, but i think if i was to take more time to think about it i would see fault. i think i find it hard to critic because so few good movies are being made in this pre twenty century therefore i gobble it all up. i agree with some of the comments before me, happy endings are a must it seems. the stills and movie film always so beautiful inspiring and heartbreaking all at once.

tywo said...

I loved it. I thought it was beautiful, and sad.



LOVE!

Marinka said...

I love it! They are a lot of emotions involved :)

lookslikeanelf said...

I've seen it and I've loved it. Verry verry much. I haven't read a biography of Jane Austen, so I don't know about the facts, but the films was very beautifully done, amazing actors, costumes. Although the story is sad, but it's still very interesting and romantic.
Again, I LOVED it and it is a must see!

Make it Easy said...

looks beautiful! i should watch this movie :-)

Maria said...

I've seen it and I really liked it! It's an easy film to watch, and like:)

Daphne said...

I saw it, and I liked it. But mainly because I felt like I could understand how Jane thought about things, I felt like I could relate to her. I adore those pictures by the way. Why are you writing about it? Once again, I love your blog. I've added you on about everything, bloglovin', blogroll...
Lots of Love,
Daphne

Indie.Tea said...

I have not seen it.
I dislike films that take too many liberties with facts.
Why use the name "Jane Austen" when it didn't reflect her life? Why not use another name, and keep it a work of fiction if it IS just a work of fiction. Instead, the film makers used "Jane Austen" because it might have been a starting point, and I'm sure - to help the movie sell. To me, that seems to cheapen it.
The screen shots you chose are gorgeous though!

inge marie paule said...

Should a movie be an illustration of a book or may it be a personal and artistic interpretation of a director?
I'm more of the second opinion.

I read the book last month and I can say that the pictures faces well with the atmosphere of the book. Didn't see the film yet.

Des said...

This film lacks the emotional immediacy of other period pieces I've seen. And unfortunately I believe this failing lies squarely on the shoulders of Anne Hathaway's performance. I think another actress would have been a better choice for this particular role. Also, the film is beautifully shot and visually outstanding.

gracia said...

I think it is a film I need to see again in order to decide how I feel about it. I caught a free screening of it and it was a very noisy and crowded affair. Sadly, I recall being disappointed... both with the distractions of the audience and the film. High hopes dashed. I'm all for an interpretation of a theme and a bending of facts... I've based my entire artistic practice on such a thing. Here's to red herrings and the like if it makes for a good story.

Kate Stetson said...

I really enjoyed the film. I think it's very difficult to produce a film adaptation of Austen's work (not to mention her life) without offending someone's sensibilities. This is true for Austen more than many other writers; the scenes are based on such subtleties that Austen fans become enraged at the slightest change.

I understand their irritation at obvious differences, but Becoming Jane did present the basic elements of her life (with a bit of drama injected in). Austen's life (as it's been documented) was not that interesting. The lack of information provides an opportunity to liven it up a bit. Also, as you've shown, the film was beautifully shot and presented a much lovelier representation of the period than is accurate, as well.

hila said...

Thank you for all your comments. I have read through every one of them, and I really appreciate you all taking the time to comment, and your honesty.

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful, beautiful movie, and the music is exquisite; unfortunately, I find the story a bit boring, especially the second half of it - the love story doesn't ring true in any sense.

UnoCosa said...

i think it's always hard to make a film by adopting the book - the exception is always high - and movie tend to fail short - i don't remember about this - but judging from the screen shots you shared here - i think the movie is very poetic, xx

nariness said...

I would readily admit that the reason why I took at interest in this film is because if revolved around the supposed life of Jane Austen. I did hear that it was only loosely based on her life, but the movie was enjoyable, nonetheless.

Striking contrast to her works of fiction, and I thought that the interlinking of Austen's reality with her stories were done well.

Mary-Laure said...

Haven't seen it because I was afraid it may be a very Hollywood vision of Austen. But I have to admit the pics you posted are gorgeous.

hila said...

thanks for your opinions!

Nicomi "Nix" Turner said...

Thank you for giving me another reason to see this film.

Michelle said...

I'm usually all for historical accuracy, but sometimes, a film is just too good to be 'accurate' with :) I adored it and I am a HUGE austen fan :) I sort of thought of it as putting Jane into one of her stories in a way...which is a nice thing to do. The imagination is sometimes the best place to be put. I love your blog by the way :) xx

hila said...

glad you like it :)

Apt. #34 said...

these imagesa are simply stunning! now i must see the film :)