Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes for this movie, but I looooved it, really loved it. I went with two of my best girls and the three of us were practically swooning in our seats. I found that surprising; I was prepared to be a little disappointed. See, I’m a HUGE Jane Austen book fan, and I've loved the BBC productions of Austen. I was reserving my excitement for the PBS Austen series that’s starting next year. But Becoming Jane was just so much fun I couldn't help but get swept up in the romance of it all.
It’s as if the movie’s writers wrote down situations, character flaws, and telling dialogue from Pride and Prejudice [and a little Sense and Sensibility] on slips of paper, placed them in a bowl, swished them around, plucked them out, assigned them to a character in the movie and then shot. Lines are literally lifted from P&P and placed in “real" characters mouths. Funny. I saw a bit of Wickham, Mrs. Bennett, Lydia all over the place. And then of course at the end of the movie she writes P&P, based on the (fictional, sigh) love affair with the dashing Mr. Darcy, I mean Tom Lefroy, played by the very sexy James McAvoy.
Becoming Jane is a seriously fun girlie. Grab your tissues and your best gal pals and be ready for some swooning!