Thursday, November 10, 2016

Jane Austen-ish Movies

Becoming Jane (2007)
Director: Julian Jarrold
Screenplay: Kevin Hood, Sarah Williams
Based on letters by: Jane Austen
Starring: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy
-Biography, Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5
my review for soundtrack (here)

A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.



=====> I love re-watching this one with a young Jane and her love interest. The dance scene where they delight in each other is my favorite.

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Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)
tv mini-series
Director: Daniel Percival
Writer: Juliette Towhidi
Based on book by: Jane Austen, P.D. James
Starring: Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin
-Drama, Mystery, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married, are preparing for their annual ball when festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. An adaptation of PD James's homage to Pride and Prejudice.



=====> Flashback scenes of incidents in Pride and Prejudice are included in this story that takes place after the marriage of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth.

Loved the subtle soft blurry shots that created a cozy feel to Pemberley. The many scenes inside, outside and around Pemberley gave a wonderful sense of the place. Would love to see another movie set there.

And, loved the cast selected for this older set of P&P characters.

Just the right amount of quibbling and affection (including a steamy scene) between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth kept things lively.

It was fun to see Georgiana have her own storyline and love interest.

Big wonder - Why did they think is sensible to put a murder suspect in the gun room?

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* part of Jane Austen-ish (schedule)

5 comments:

  1. I've yet to see Becoming Jane but it IS on my DVD Wish List. If it doesn't turn up (again!) this Christmas, I'm going to have to get it for myself I think.

    I HAVE seen DCtP though but wasn't over enamoured with it. The casting wasn't right for some of the characters imo. Lydia and Wickham were great but Darcy and Elizabeth just didn't feel right to me. To be honest, there's so much more really good JAFF around that would have made a better drama but I guess they picked P.D. James' book because many people will have heard of her.

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  2. Becoming Jane looks to be so beautiful and romantic; those costumes and sets!! Death Comes to Pemberley series looks juicy :D

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  3. I haven't seen either of these yet but they are on my list!

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  4. This was my year to watch Jane Austen-ish movies because I saw at least five for the first time this year. Becoming Jane is one I was thrilled to get as a gift on DVD a few years back and I loved it. I saw Death Comes to Pemberley for the first time this year. I loved certain aspects and especially because it showed the family after the marriage and settling into their home.
    The one Austen-ish movie that I still want to see is the Bollywood version of Emma. I saw the P&P and S&S ones.

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    1. Loved Bride and Prejudice. I have to see the Emma version too!

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