“Becoming Jane”

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Kelly Leishman

I did enjoy this movie but it did make me cry! She never did get her happy ending that she so eloquently wrote about.


I am still learning to navigate this site. I saw this movie about six weeks ago and I enjoyed it, but not as much as I had hoped. I was not overly impressed with the actress who played Jane. Maybe it was her, or the way the story played out. I know that her love interest was very good in his role. I admit, I was intrigued because of Jane’s story and have a better understanding of what her situation must have been like, but overall, the movie could have been made better I believe. Everything was sort of dark and gray.


My daughter and went to see the film in the cinema quite a few months ago and I was in tears for a great deal of the movie. I formed a new found respect for Jane and her life and work.

Apparently some parts are embellished, and not true to her real life, however I found it very enjoyable and particularly emotional. I loved Anne Hathaway in her role and James Mccavoy too. Although I thought I hadn’t seen him in anything before (my daughter pointed out he was in Narnia, and he was great in that too), I personally felt the chemistry between the two really worked.

My daughter hired the DVD last night and we got to watch it again. And I must say that on the second viewing I loved it even more. It all works really well.

My daughter finds it quite depressing that Jane didn’t have the happy ending she always incorporates in her brilliant novels and ran out before the ending (poor dear). I think its a must see for Jane Austen fans.

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I’ve seen this movie twice and I loved and enjoyed it. It was very good, fun, entertaining, sad, and, and enjoyable to watch all at the same time. I was very impressed at how Anne transformed herself into Becoming Jane in this film. I thought she did a brilliant job as Jane as does James McAvoy as Tom Lefroy and the rest of the cast (esp. Maggie Smith as Lady Gresham, Julie Walters as Mrs. Austen, and Anna Maxwell Martin as Cassandra Austen were superb), did very well too. I must admit I wasn’t really into AH portraying the iconic Jane Austen when I first heard the news that she was cast in this film (much like I wasn’t into Keira Knightley portraying Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice at first), but I reserved my judgement till I saw the movie. And much like KK in P&P ’05, I too was very impressed with AH in this film and now have to say that she was the right choice for this role as KK was in P&P. This was a very pleasant and enjoyable film. I didn’t expect it to be really good as I didn’t expect much other than to be entertained and enjoyed this film. It sure made me loved and enjoyed it enough to have seen it twice.


This movie was in the closest theatre to me for exactly four days. Needless to say, I missed it and so am looking forward to the DVD release!

That is what I get for making silly screen caps!

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