Today I watched Becoming Jane. A film about the young Jane Austin before she wrote Pride & Prejudice and became the iconic Jane everyone knows.It's an excellent watch if you are a Jane Austin fan, peppered with lots of little allusions to her novels for those who look for them. It's also very bittersweet. It leaves you with the impression that she wrote incandescently happy endings for her characters in her fiction because in the real world, good people like herself didn't get the happy endings they deserved.
The costumes are gorgeous and the cast is first rate. I had grave doubts about Anne Hathaway at first, that she might be "too American", but she does a good job giving youthful energy and independent spirit to Jane. If you are a hopeless romantic, the ballroom scene, from the beginning when the music swells and the guests arrive through the forest by horse and carriage to the very end with their first kiss by the fountain, is not to be missed. Here's the official trailer if you want to see more:
While searching online for more info about the film, I ran across the Becoming Jane Fansite. This is the best, most well-put together, well-maintained fansite I have ever seen for a movie and I recommend it highly if you loved this movie or are a Jane Austin fan.
The fansite mentioned that Becoming Jane was a Truly Moving Picture Award Winner. Hmmm.... never heard of that award but I was interested enough to research further. And had another wonderful surprise. Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is a non-profit organization that "honors filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." While a good action-packed blockbuster has its merits, CGI without story is not very rewarding to watch and any film that is generic enough to appeal to the lowest common denominator worldwide probably won't speak to you as personally or fiercely as some of the gems on their list. Some relatively unknown films on that list I've enjoyed: Shall We Dance (Japanese original), Whale Rider, Smoke Signals and Kundun.