Thursday, August 30, 2007
corsets and cricket
For those of you who aren't certain if Anne Hathaway can join the ranks of the "Austen elite" (ie: Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Ehle, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale, etc.), I assure you she can!
Her phenomenal portrayal of Jane Austen in Becoming Jane was fresh, captivating, and surprisingly subtle. Who would have guessed that underneath those dark lashes, lies a hidden reserve of dramatic timing, that hadn't been tapped in her previous roles?
The movie itself is loosely based on a fragment of Jane Austen's life, where she meets and flirts with a young lawyer named Tom Lefroy (a very cute James McAvoy). The screenwriter then proceeds to take over the helm and insert their own opinion as to the details of their alleged romance, but the story does seem fairly plausible.
The costumes are lavish, the cinematography breathtaking, and of course, the romance is heavenly. It was also thrilling to see snippets and fragments from all of Jane Austen's novels (most prominently Pride & Prejudice), and to watch a superb cast flesh out the rest of the characters quite nicely. Loved, loved, loved this movie!