Friday, June 27, 2014

It's Kind of an Annual Thing....

   Today is June 27th. And you know what that means.....

Elise McKenna: "Is it you? Is it?"
Richard Collier: "Yes. It is."
      Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the day Elise McKenna and Richard Collier meet on the beach in front of the Grand Hotel in Somewhere in Time, one of my all-time favorite films.

   This is such a gorgeous, romantic film. I love it to pieces. Beautiful soundtrack, scrumptious costumes, dreamy setting and scenery, Jane Seymour, 1980s charm.....really, what's not to love? : ) Somewhere in Time is just plain classic. It's one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. (Read my post about the movie/review here.)

"I thought I'd lost you!"
"Oh, never! Never, never, never!"
   Some of my favorite scenes......

The portrait scene, when Richard first sees the portrait of Elise in the Hall of History. This is such a dramatic scene, and I love how the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody fits it so perfectly.

  "The Man of My Dreams" scene, where Elise starts to share her feelings for Richard in the middle of the play, unscripted.

   And the Reunion scene, my favorite part of the movie, when Elise comes back to the hotel after Richard believes he's lost her for good. He sees her down on the lawn, and they run to each other on the steps of the hotel, embracing passionately.....oh, it's so romantic I just about can't take it. *dreamy sigh* : )

  Elise's face when they first see each other.....

     Richard's face.....

Walking outside the hotel...

Yes, this is a publicity photo. Hush.

I happen to like publicity photos.
Couldn't you tell? ;-P
   I once saw this movie described as "unabashedly romantic"-- and that's exactly what it is. It's just plain romantic. It's sentimental. It's sappy. You have to be a true romantic at heart to really appreciate it. It's very impractical and glaringly unrealistic at times, but everything about it is so beautiful that you don't really mind the weird time-travel business. It's a movie about true love.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Me in a Nutshell

* Sometimes I write sappy love scenes just for fun.
*When I was little I used to get up early in the morning and write at my desk with a legit feather pen and ink.
*Besides home, Colonial Williamsburg is my favorite place in the world.
* Pretty things make me happy.
* I think Dr. Mike and Sully are the most romantic couple in television history.
* On that note, I know more about Jane Seymour than most people I'm related to. I've read one of her books and seen her A&E biography about seven times.
* I don't have most of what I wrote as a child, to my dismay-- I guess at some point I must have decided it wasn't any good and got rid of it, but now I really wish I hadn't. :-(
* Mark Knopfler's songs are food for the soul.
* When I was about eleven or so I thought National Treasure was the greatest movie ever made, and my favorite character was totally Ian.
* My family didn't get a computer until I was twelve.
* When I was little I wanted to be a detective like Nancy Drew.
* I've seen the Barbie Rapunzel movie probably something close to 25 times (no joke) and can still quote it almost word for word.
* I write letters with an old-fashioned nib pen and ink.
* I've been officially engaged to John-boy Walton since the age of thirteen.
* Old photographs, cemeteries, old buildings, and historical artifacts are just some of the many things that give me inspiration.
* John Steinbeck's East of Eden is the standard of excellence by which all other literary works are measured of their value.
* East of Eden is also the best and most accurate adaptation of a book that I've seen-- it ties with True Grit and Lonesome Dove.
* Old, gritty westerns are my cup of tea-- or should I say, coffee. I don't drink coffee, but it sounds more western than tea.
* I'd rather watch Lonesome Dove all in one sitting than Pride and Prejudice '95. It goes without saying that I've done both. (Not recommended, btw, unless you're sick and have nothing better to do.)
* On that note, I'd rather watch Lonesome Dove than Pride and Prejudice, period. Please don't shoot me.
* The best roles in musicals are usually the male ones. One of my dreams is to play Jean Valjean.
* I think Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler are perfect for each other.
* Up until I was nine or ten, I wore my mother's red bonnet that my Grandma made for her as a little girl everywhere I went and stuck my tongue out at people who made fun of me.
* I always go completely nuts whenever a new Christian Book Distributors catalog comes in the mail. You can find me sprawled out on the living room floor with the catalog and a pen, circling all the books I want to read. :-)
* I sing Les Mis in its entirety, switching from part to part, all around the house on a daily basis.
* One of the best ways to vent one's feelings is to go to the piano and pound out 'The Point of No Return'. Singing it while playing, loudly, is even better.
* I want to go to Highclere Castle and see the sets of Downton Abbey.
* I like some classical music, but in general it bores me.
* I can't decide if John and Abigail Adams are my favorite historical couple or if William and Barbara Wilberforce are. You might come back here one day and see the pictures of them on my sidebar switched.
* Benedict Cumberbatch is William Pitt to me, not Sherlock Holmes. (Although please understand, I would certainly not be opposed to seeing him as Sherlock Holmes.)
* I'm highly sensitive to gluten and dairy, which makes life very difficult sometimes. Very.
* I wish I could speak Gaelic, but apparently it's so hard to learn that everyone who tries gives up.
* One of my dreams is to be in Celtic Woman someday. Then I'd HAVE to learn Gaelic.
* I don't like superhero movies. The real heroes are normal folks who do what's right and stand up against what's wrong, without all the flying around and blowing up buildings and wrecking perfectly good vehicles. Atticus Finch is much more of a hero than Captain America. (Oh boy, am I ever in for it now.)
* I love books and movies about lawyers and legal cases. They fascinate me.
* There never has been and never will be anyone quite like Clark Gable.
* I would have fit in more one hundred years ago than I do now.
* I cry over fictional characters. Newt Dobbs. SOBBBBB.
* Lynn Austin's books are some of my fondest companions. Her characters are real to me: I feel with them, laugh with them, cry with them.
* The dictionary and I have a very pleasant and longstanding relationship.
* The thesaurus is my best friend when I'm writing.
* Sometimes I start to talk like Dickens characters without realizing it.
* Nobody has ever been more perfectly cast than Robert Duvall as Augustus McCrae.
* My childhood was completely unlike that of most people I know. I grew up playing barefoot in the creek and the woods, writing stories, playing Barbies and acting out dramatic stories, and listening to Mark Knopfler. I told you I would have fit in more 100 years ago. ;-P
* I have a hard time sitting still and being quiet for long periods of time, and to be honest, church is sometimes a challenge.
* If there's anyone who brings out the fangirl in me, it's John Schneider.
* I've seen every episode of Christy at least seven times.
* Quaint, old-fashioned little towns, especially by water, are some of my favorite places to visit.
* There is hardly ever a time when I'm not singing.
* I laugh. A lot.
* No one makes me laugh like my family.
* I love everything western, but I live about as far east as you can get in the U.S.
* I could go on and on, but I think I'll stop now. : )

(Post idea from Michaela)


Friday, June 13, 2014

Period Drama Actors Game ~ Answers!

Do I even need an excuse for using this? Good, 'cuz I don't have one. :-)

  The answers to last week's game! I hope y'all liked it. My sister said it was confusing....but oh well. Thank you for playing ladies! :-)


Actor: David Bamber
Period drama 1: Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Character name: Mr. Collins
Period drama 2: Daniel Deronda (2002)
Character name: Mr. Lush

Actor: Alan Cumming
Period drama 1: Emma (1996)
Character name: Mr. Elton
Period drama 2: Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Character name: Mr. Folair

Actor: Emily Blunt
Period drama 1: Agatha Christie's Poirot: Death on the Nile
Character name: Linnet Doyle
Period drama 2: The Young Victoria (2008)
Character name: Queen Victoria

Actor: Anne Hathaway
Period drama 1: Alice in Wonderland (2008)
Character name: White Queen
Period drama 2: Becoming Jane (2007)
Character name: Jane Austen

Actor: Tom Courtenay
Period drama 1: Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Character name: Newman Noggs
Period drama 2: Little Dorrit (2008)
Character name: William Dorrit

Actor: Romola Garai
Period drama 1: Angel (2009)
Character name: Angel Deverell
Period drama 2: Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Character name: Kate Nickleby

Actor: Johdi May
Period drama 1: Daniel Deronda (2002)
Character name: Mirah Lapidoth
Period drama 2: Emma (2009)
Character name: Anne Taylor Weston

Actor: Tom Wilkinson
Period drama 1: Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
Character name: Seth Pecksniff
Period drama 2: The Patriot (2000)
Character name: General Charles Cornwallis

Actor: Timothy Spall
Period drama 1: Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Character name: Charles Cherryble
Period drama 2: A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Character name: Mr. Poe
(This last one is a bit of a stretch, since it's not really a period drama. Although I suppose it could be considered one, since there's absolutely no way of determining what era it takes place in.)


Actor: Justine Waddell
Period drama 1: Great Expectations (1998)
Character name: Estella Havisham
Period drama 2: Wives and Daughters (1999)
Character name: Molly Gibson


Actor: Kate Winslet
Period drama 1: Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Character name: Marianne Dashwood
Period drama 2: Finding Neverland (2004)
Character name: Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies


Actor: Elizabeth Spriggs
Period drama 1: Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
Character name: Mrs. Gamp
Period drama 2: Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Character name: Mrs. Jennings


Actor: Iain Glen
Period drama 1: Wives and Daughters (1999)
Character name: Mr. Preston
Period drama 2: Downton Abbey, season 2
Character name: Sir Richard Carlisle

I'm always saving him for last, aren't I?
Actor: Paul McGann
Period drama 1: Horatio Hornblower
Character name: 2nd Lt. William Bush
Period drama 2: Our Mutual Friend (1998)
Character name: Eugene Wrayburn

Bonus Question: Five of these actors are all in one period drama together. What is the movie and who are the five actors?

(Chances are you've figured this out already by looking at the answers.) ;-P

Period drama: (1 point)
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

Actors: (1 point)
Alan Cumming (Mr. Folair)
Anne Hathaway (Madeline Bray)
Tom Courtenay (Newman Noggs)
Romola Garai (Kate Nickleby)
Timothy Spall (Charles Cherryble)


Players' Scores
Sadie ~ 67 points
Miss Dashwood ~ 51 points
Naomi ~ 43 points
Birdie ~ 40 points
Hamlette ~ 18 points

Well done everyone!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"They'll say we made life here in Virginia..."

 ".....and we owe the commonwealth a thing or two. But if anyone here owes anyone here, Virginia should be owin' me and you!"

    Have you ever discovered a musical or a movie, or even a book, and wondered "Where has this been all my life?!" Well, I have. Numerous times. The most recent being my discovery of the old musical Shenandoah. Is there any end to these classic old musicals? :-)
  It all started when I went to an audition and heard a man sing an excerpt from the "Meditation" from the musical Shenandoah. I had never heard of the musical at the time, but his performance amused me. A farm in Virginia? People being called traitors? Soldiers in a long gray line? Yes, ma'am! :-)
  So anyway, that was that. I thought to myself, well, that must be a nice old musical. I'd really like to learn more about it sometime. But I didn't look into it at all until I found this music book at the library with vocal selections from the musical. I opened the cover, and lo and behold, there was Holling from Northern Exposure. I nearly screamed. Which would not have been good at all, since I was in a library, and screaming in libraries is frowned upon in most societies.
Isn't it delightfully vintage? I'm nearly drooling.
   Well, I looked through the book with profound interest and discovered that the musical is right down my canyon. A musical about a family in Virginia during the Civil War with a Christian message? What could be better? I grinned broadly and decided to take the book. Er, that is, borrow it for a very long time. Whenever I get a piano book out from the library, I tend to keep it until I absolutely cannot renew it anymore and it has a bounty on its head and the librarians can scarcely remember that the library even owns it. Because they don't anymore. I do. Ahem. Anyway, my sister and I had an absolute BALL the other night playing the songs and singing as loud as we could (without even realizing that the windows were open and in all likelihood everyone on the street could hear us). The music is beautiful, people. We haven't played all the songs yet, and unfortunately YouTube doesn't have very much of this musical at all so I still don't know much of the music or the general storyline. But for sure I want to learn more about Shenandoah.

   One of Sadie's and my favorites so far is the 'Meditation'. Here's a video of John Cullum singing it on the original cast recording. I really had no idea Holling John Cullum could sing like this! He's really, really good.

  And here's a couple really old little commercials for the musical. The first one's great, the other two are....kinda weird. But you have to remember, it is from '75. ;-P

Have you ever heard of the musical Shenandoah?
What are some of your favorite songs from it?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Becoming Jane ~ A Review


   I've been contemplating writing a review of this movie for quite some time, since it used to be one of my favorite period dramas ever and I have very strong sentiments on it. Since I first saw it, I've learned that it's not actually very accurate and I don't like it now as much as I once did, but I still have very fond memories and feelings toward it. This review might be a bit more gushy and disoriented than my past reviews, since I am very nostalgic and emotional about this movie. But, if you're like me, you like those kinds of reviews best. :-) There will also be lots of pictures and gifs, because I am very fangirly.

  You've been warned.

  So, since it is my custom to begin movie reviews with a story, here is the story of Becoming Jane. ;-D

    Once upon a time, there was a twelve-year-old little girl named Emma. Emma loved reading and writing and pretty much everything old-fashioned, and she was at a time in her life that she would later look back on as her 'awakening'. She had just discovered how much she loved historical fiction and was reading her first Lynn Austin book, and she was also beginning to discover that there were more period dramas out there besides Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. One day she went to the video rental place (I was going to say 'store', but it's not really a store, so I'll just keep it generic and say place ;-P) and amid all the trashy movies that lined the shelves, one particular cover caught her her eye. On the cover was Anne Hathaway, and some terribly handsome youngster with her, and it said it was a movie about Jane Austen. Emma didn't know very much about Jane Austen-- she had heard the name, of course (she didn't live under a rock), and she knew that Jane Austen had lived in the early nineteenth century and written novels, but she really had no knowledge beyond that. Then she remembered that her parents had gone to see a movie a few years earlier about an author by the same name (guess what, they're one and the same!) and when she asked her mama about it, wallah! It was the same movie! So Emma happily picked the movie off the shelf, realized to her disappointment that she had to take one of the copies without the pretty cover, and took it home. And watched it.

   Emma didn't love it at first. At first she thought it was boring, but after she finished it, she kept thinking about it and pondering it and pretty soon came to the conclusion that it was a purty good movie. Then after a while she watched it again, and that settled it. It was her all-time favorite film. :-)
  She decided that she wanted to be just like Jane Austen and write novels, and play the piano early in the morning, and fall in love with an Irish boy like Tom Lefroy. (But of course, he wouldn't ask her to elope.) Young as she was, she didn't realize what an absolute jerk Tom Lefroy is, and she quickly dubbed James McAvoy her favorite actor. And of course Anne Hathaway was her favorite actress, so basically this movie just couldn't get more awesome.

  Alright, now I'm going to stop talking about myself in third-person. :-P
  Becoming Jane was my favorite movie for a long time-- that is, a few years. Then I discovered the internet and read on several period drama-themed blogs about how inaccurate it was, and that knowledge, coupled with the fact that I had found so many period dramas that were even better, began to lower it in my estimation. And while I still love it, it's not my favorite. It's not really even among my top favorites anymore, but I still love it dearly and will always have fond feelings for it. ;-)
 I am going to risk ridicule and censure (and the possible loss of readers, but hopefully not!) by saying that I think Anne Hathaway did do a fairly good job of playing Jane Austen. No, a very good job. She's exactly how I've always imagined her looking when she was young, for one thing. No, she wasn't perfect-- she was a little too melodramatic and flighty (or maybe that was just the way the character was written) and her accent was a little lame. But in a nutshell, I thought her performance was terrific. Anne Hathaway has always been one of my favorites (I say 'always', meaning ever since I was a wee thing and saw her in The Princess Diaries and thought it was so cool that someone else's hair was as crazy as mine-- but then she went and changed it-- um, where was I?), but it was Becoming Jane that really won me over. Say what you like, readers, but I think she's fabulous as Jane Austen. And yes, I'm open to debate-- the comment box is open. *winky-wink*

   Plus, she's absolutely gorgeous, and I like to imagine that Jane Austen looked just like this. She's not pretty in a conventional regency-ish way, either, and her face is actually very unique. I've been told that our expressions are similar, which I take as high praise. ;-)
    Now let's talk about Tom Lefroy.

   One word that aptly describes Tom's character is rascal. He's a mischievous rabble-rouser with loose morals and not a whole lot of conscience, and yet, somehow he's still likeable. At least, I can't help but like him. (What is it with me and Irish men named Tom? :-P) Even though he is a rascal, I maintain that Tom Lefroy does have some decency, and his casual, happy-go-lucky outlook on life does change considerably during the course of the story. He's not your ideal hero, and he's not really anyone to draw an example from. For a while he's not serious about anything, and he goes around beating people up and kissing random girls in the middle of the streets. But other times he can be a gentleman, and a very charming one too. Also, James McAvoy is very handsome.
I love this. :-)
   However, the character portrayal of Tom Lefroy is another case of the screenwriters deviating from the facts. In real life, Jane Austen's suitor Tom Lefroy was a well-behaved young man who wanted to be a clergyman, and who was said to have"everything in his temper and character that can conciliate affections. A good heart , a good mind, good sense and as little to correcting him as ever I saw in one of his age" by his great-uncle. Okay. That is NOT the Tom Lefroy that James McAvoy depicts. I suppose they thought it would be more dramatic and romantic if the character was naughtier and edgier (and the hopeless romantic in me has to agree with them-- it IS more dramatic), but it turns the whole story around. As I have said many times, I love this movie, but I don't think it's a fair interpretation of Jane Austen's relationship with Mr. Lefroy. It's very improvised and glamorized and while I personally don't mind it a whole lot, I understand why lots of Jane Austen admirers do.
I really couldn't resist. ;-P
   I really don't know a whole lot about the real Tom Lefroy, but Miss Laurie has written an excellent post about him that you can read right here.
"What is she trying to say?"

   Jane's sister Cassandra is a sweetheart. Anna Maxwell Martin is such a lovely actress, and she always seems to play lovely characters. Cassandra is one of my favorite characters in the movie, and I think her relationship with Jane is very sweet. It's so tragic when *SPOILER* her fiancĂ© Robert dies *END OF SPOILER*, but I love the scene when Jane and her mother are comforting her, and the scene where Cassandra wakes up and Jane's writing, and Cassandra asks her what it's about.

  "How does it begin?"
  "And then?"
  "Gets worse."
  "And how does it end?"
  "They both make triumphant happy endings."
  "Brilliant marriages?"
  "Incandescent marriages. To very rich men."

   Jane Austen had many siblings (although I can't remember exactly how many), but the only ones shown very much are Cassandra and her younger brother Henry. I know she had an older brother Edward, who Cassandra goes to stay with for a while, although he's never actually shown. There's also George, but I still can't figure out if he's actually her brother or if he's just a neighbor. Jane Austen did have a mentally challenged younger brother, though, so maybe that's him.

      Henry's hair is so annoying that it's enough to make me dislike the character altogether. Of course, I don't really like him very much in the first place. He's a rascal, a flirt, and he doesn't seem to take anything seriously. Also, I think it's kind of strange that he marries his cousin who is obviously close to ten years older than he is. Now, to me, that's just weird. I'm not too terribly fond of Eliza either. She's also a flirt, and it just seems strange to me that she's interested in her young cousin. 

    This is not one of Maggie Smith's best roles. (Well, duh, because we all know what her best role is! *wink, wink*) She's plays her part well, but it's nothing earth-shattering. Lady Gresham is just not nice at all. Her manners are sorely lacking and she has basically no redeeming qualities. And that hooded cape thing she wears is a monstrosity. I'm certain the Dowager Countess would not approve.

   Mr. Wisley, however, is very nice. He's dull as paint and acts like he's made of wood, so his kindness is pretty much the only thing he's got going for himself. I couldn't like him enough to want Jane to marry him-- and besides, she didn't love him, duh-- but I was glad that they became friends in the end.

   Mrs. Austen isn't very nice either, and like her illustrious neighbor, she doesn't really have any redeeming qualities. Mrs. Austen is obviously the inspiration behind Mrs. Bennett, although she is less hysterical and more just plain mean. All she seems to care about is money, and she doesn't give a thought to Jane's happiness, or anyone else's, really; her biggest goal is financial security. The only times I like Mrs. Austen are when *SPOILER* she's comforting Cassandra after her fiancĂ© dies *END OF SPOILER* and when Jane comes back home after leaving with Tom and her mother says, "You came back to us." (*sniffle* That scene always makes me cry. Actually by that time I'm usually sobbing anyway.) And I like it when Mrs. Austen defends Jane's reputation to Lady Grouchy. So she isn't all bad, and like most people in the movie, she seems like a better person and a more affectionate mother by the end.

   Farmer Hoggett Reverend Austen is a very kind man and a loving father, but he's not my favorite either. He's nice and all, he's just a little....dull. He does seem to care about Jane's future happiness more than his wife, but he also encourages her to marry Mr. Wisley, saying it is "likely to be her best offer." I do like him-- he just doesn't impress me a whole lot.

Look at his hair. Bwahahaha.

  Let's see, other characters.....there's Tom's uncle, the judge (who must have a name somewhere, but I can't seem to remember it right now), who is just plain IRRITATING. I think it's rather funny how Ian Richardson always seems to play judges-- he must like to, because I think I've seen him play a judge in at least three movies. Tom's uncle is not a very nice man and he makes no secret of his disapproval of Tom's character. He is training Tom to become a lawyer (btw, the way James McAvoy says 'lawyer' and 'law' is really some form of art), and when he finds out that Tom wants to marry Jane he threatens to disinherit him. I really don't like him. The end.

 There are several other secondary characters, but they're not that important so I'm not going to take the time to mention them.

  The costumes in this movie have some serious issues. Some of them are lovely, especially Jane's, but most of them are sadly inaccurate. For instance, why is Jane the only one wearing a Regency dress, and everyone else is dressed Georgian?

And what is this?????
I lurve this coat. ;-)
   Many of the costumes are beautiful, though, and Jane's wardrobe is one of my very favorites. I especially love her pink and white gown that she wears to the Basingstroke assembly when she dances with Tom, her cream-colored ball gown, her green and brown dress, and the brown dress she wears when she comes back from London. She also has several gorgeous blue dresses. Actually, considering the fact that the Austens were not well-to-do, Jane may have just a few too many dresses for it to be accurate....but we'll let that slide 'cause they're just all so purty.

    The men's costumes are quite nice indeed. :-) Especially Tom Lefroy's, which is only to be expected. His wardrobe is very fashionable and reflects his extravagant, spend-all personality. Also he seems to wear a lot of green-- random observation.
Should I apologize for using so many gifs? No, I think not.

   Besides the glaring inaccuracy of some of the costumes, most everything else in the movie seems relatively on par with the period, although Jane's posture could use a bit of work. The ladies always wear their hair up, so that's an improvement from P&P. ;-D The dialogue is pretty historical, but sometimes I think they added just a few too many adjectives in their attempt to make it fitting for the period-- in the scene where Jane and Tom meet in the woods, Jane seems to have swallowed a dictionary, as Mrs. Patmore would say. Also there is a distinct overuse of the word 'vastly'-- it seems to be everyone's favorite word. Especially in the scene where Jane is reading to her family and Tom first arrives; I think they use it about four times. Vastly this, vastly that. "Green velvet coat-- vastly fashionable."
   The ball scene at Lady Gresham's is one of my very favorites. First of all, the music is hauntingly gorgeous, the costumes are scrumptious, and I love love LOVE this dance. Possibly my favorite part in the whole movie is when Jane starts dancing with Mr. Wisley, and then suddenly Tom is there dancing with her, wearing that adorable smirk of his. It's soooooooo romantic. :-)
   Speaking of romantic....
   Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy are just so epic together. Jane and Tom are one of the most romantic doomed couples I've ever seen. Normally doomed couples get on my nerves (like Rose and Jack in Titanic...cough, cough), but Jane and Tom don't. I'm not saying there's nothing melodramatic about their relationship; quite the contrary, it's VERY melodramatic. But not in a way that it's annoying-- I want them to be able to be together and live happily ever after, and yet it's not such a terrible disappointment when they don't. I'm probably not making a lick of sense, am I? Well, suffice to say that I love these two, 'kay?

   This movie doesn't have a happy ending. Why are we not surprised. ;-P As most of us know, Jane Austen never marries, and Tom goes back to Ireland, marries someone else, and becomes a very prominent attorney. (And he names his eldest daughter Jane. SOB.) But even though Jane and Tom don't end up together and the ending is tragic, it's also beautiful. I love the way it ends with Jane reading Pride and Prejudice, and then everyone claps, and THEY LOOK AT EACH OTHER and time stands still and the universe stops.....
   Also I think they did a real good job of making the actors look old without making them look artificial. Actually I think James McAvoy almost looks more handsome with gray hair and sideburns. ;-P

   As far as content (a word which here means anything inappropriate), there really isn't much to worry about in Becoming Jane. There is some language, but nothing shocking and it's not very frequent-- just the usual of what is to be expected in movies about this period. There's also one brief scene where Tom and Henry go swimming, but that can easily be avoided by turning one's head away, and it's pretty easy to see coming.
 The soundtrack of Becoming Jane is simply gorgeous. It used to be one of my favorite soundtracks, and I still love listening to it. The music is composed by Adrian Johnston, the same composer who did the music to Our Mutual Friend (1998). Here's one of my favorite tracks, called 'A Last Reading'.

   There are so many gorgeous trailers for this movie, so here's one of them:

   So this isn't the best period drama I've ever seen, and if you're looking for an accurate depiction of Jane Austen's young life, you'll probably be disappointed. But it's a beautiful movie and a very romantic story, with excellent acting and gorgeous music, and I'm very fond of it. :-)
"Will all your stories have happy endings?"
"My characters will have, after a little bit of trouble, all that they desire."



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