8:00 PM, 1st September, 2007
Becoming Jane is a film about the life of Jane Austen prior to her achieving fame. Society pressures, romance and Janes writing form the basis of the story. Jane's mother is searching for a suitable husband for her daughter, but Jane has her eye on Irishman Tom Lefoy. Establishing a friendship, which evolves into love, Tom transforms her life in the film.
Jane Austen is an author little is known about. As a result, this film has been criticised for being historically inaccurate at minimum, even fictitious. Nevertheless it is an interesting romantic story, and is definitely worth seeing. Hathaway gives a good performance as Jane, and that alone is worth seeing. If you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice, there are some definite comparisons in the two stories, with some critics commenting on the likeness between Tom and Mr Darcy; and Jane and Elizabeth.
I saw this movie with my mother who adored the film - I think she called it 'perfect'. She thought it was incredibly romantic, and wonderful. I certainly enjoyed the film, but felt it was slow in developing the storyline. Despite this, I definitely recommend it as the story is interesting, romantic and warm.'
10:56 PM, 1st September, 2007
This has been a bumper year for French films. There have been many released this year, and the ones Ive seen have been good value. I include Priceless amongst them.Tautou (Amelie, of course) plays Irene, a gold-digger who goes from one rich businessman to another, milking them for as much as she can get, through the luxury hotels of south France. She unintentionally gets involved with a worker at one of the hotels (Elmaleh, playing a similar character to The Valet) and the bumbling, the embarrassing social situations and the cases of mistaken identity progress from here.There are similarities to the classic Breakfast at Tiffany's, which is why I believe Tautou was chosen for the role (she's a bit of a modern-day Audrey Hepburn). She's not quite right as a ruthless seductress, but does well enough for you to enjoy the comedic circumstances the characters find themselves in. If you haven't yet experienced the witty awkwardness of Elmaleh, you should come along for that alone.Performances, script and beautiful settings - all combine to make a very enjoyable romantic comedy (and there aren't many of them around these days!).'