March 19, 2007

Becoming Jane is the one to see

Alright, so I'm going a bit Jane Austen MAD here, but recently I saw the film Becoming Jane and since I loved it I think a little mention of it on the old blog won't hurt. Plus James McAvoy is so very very handsome.

Mr Tumnus

Alright, so perhaps not so much as the lovable faun in The Chronicles of Narnia, but that was a dreary film so lets not think about it too much.

So, Becoming Jane:

in the library

Hathaway was lovely, although my father said she let her accent slip at times (this comment was made only after I had told him she was American), and I felt that she and McAvoy acted beautifully together. Not just because they're both lovely to look at, but because they clearly portrayed their character's passion for one other. My heart was pounding whenever they were in each other's company. Their chemistry was outstanding. If you like Jane Austen, costume dramas in general, druel-worthy cinematography, fabulous acting or just a good romance full of sexual tension, then this film is for you.

Not as much could be said about ITV's adaptation of Mansfield Park. 'Twas really rather sad. Billie Piper was alright, but she wasn't quite shy enough, and her hair pissed me off - seriously whoever did the hair for it was an idiot. No woman would wander around with their hair looking exactly as we have it today. Growl. The camera work was tragic, as per usual for TV, with all the dodgy 'wobbly vision, but on purpose' bollocks.

'But why do you insist on wobbling the camera?'
'It looks good. It's fashionable. It's modern and styalistic.'
'Yes, but it gives the viewer a headache.'
'Hm. Your loss if you don't understand our genius visions of artistic briliance.'

ARGH. But there was a consolation ... Edmund was played by Blake Ritson, and he did it rather well ... actually the acting over all was good, really. It was the camera work that let it down. Also the music, like the hairstyling, was too modern at many points. I'm sure it was all on purpose, but it just didn't fit. And for some reason the plot didn't seem to work, either. They skimmed it down too much. Damn ITV, I was looking forward to it so much and they went and ruined it.

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  1. Naomi Lewis

    Alright gwen! Haha I know what you mean about mansfield park – what a joke. I hate Billie Piper, but couldn’t stop watching her boobs all the time, on the verge of popping out as they were and her buck teeth. Also couldn’t stop thinking of fanny related jokes – oh the maturity!! Becoming Jane sounds good – many thanks for your informative blog!

    19 Mar 2007, 21:39

  2. Ha! I must admit I didn’t notice her boobs, my eyes were so affronted by her hair. Her teeth! Yes, poor woman … I could see a little beauty in her manner, I suppose ( ... I feel a bit bad, Piper-bashing, she was after all a minor pop icon of our puberty … ) let’s hope Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are better!

    21 Mar 2007, 13:19


    Hi, don’t know how I wandered onto ur blog but I’ve just seen Becoming Jane and thought it was great. Am a huge fan of J.Austen.. all the movies have been great. I agree, Anne and James had a wonderful chemistry it was so very romantic. :) all the best.

    31 May 2007, 10:31

  4. Aimee

    I really dont like James McAvoy…he annoys me. But i do like the sound of becoming Jane…must watch sometime!

    21 Oct 2007, 23:07

  5. JC

    I really love the movie,the story has moved me.James McAvoy is so attractive

    23 Oct 2007, 09:55

  6. Yurong

    I wandered into your blog while searching James McAvoy’s pictures online. I totally fell in love with James McAvoy after seeing the movie Becoming Jane. He was passionate, naughty and boyish in that movie. He used his eyes so well. One example, in the end, after Jane finished reading, his eyes changed from concerning frown to proud smile. He is so talented.
    I predict he will be the next big thing in UK Cinema, after Hugh Grant, and Jude Law. He is young, talented and good looking.

    26 Oct 2007, 19:15

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