Friday, August 24, 2007

Becoming Jane

For a movie that aims to show how Austen was transformed by a love affair into the great novelist, you would have thought a better title is "Becoming Austen." But Austen, played by Anne Hathaway, is all and always Jane in this film: unconventional, romantic, beautiful. She plays cricket better than the boys. She elopes with her lover, Lefroy. She has a supermodel figure. So the title is true to the real spirit of the film after all. Just don't look for Austen in it.

2 comments:

Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

Reminds me of Kate Hepburn in "Little Women". It was marvelous, but it wasn't Jo, the character that Alcott wrote.

Jee Leong Koh said...

I love the book, but have not seen the movie. (heading towards netflix...)