Now playing in select cinemas
See, I feel like I’ve seen this movie already. Having checked out many a Jane Austen flick in the last few years, “Becoming Jane” teaches us that her personal life has been split up and sprinkled into each of her many wonderful stories. There are certainly elements of “Pride and Prejudice,” “Mansfield Park,” and “Sense and Sensibility” in this new film about young Jane’s life and her discovery of writing. And of boys. Anne Hathaway proves once again how friggin’ talented she is as Ms. Austen. James McAvoy, who seems to be working more than any other actor out there, plays the love interest, the guy with the money, who is perhaps above her station. I think you know the rest. She spars with witticisms, teases the guy that wants to get to first base with her, and is triumphant in the end. The journey there, however, is thoroughly enjoyable, even if we have seen it (like, seriously, a million times) before. Julie Walters, James Cromwell and Maggie Smith round out the cast with their obscene brilliance. I don’t know that you’d be able to drag husbands and BFs to this one unless they’re a little metro, but you should try. It’s always a good idea to be reminded of how hard it was to find love before the internet.