Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Becoming Jane & Infamous

I watched Becoming Jane last night. It was a sweet love story, with beautiful sceneries and costumes. Anne Hathaway who played Jane Austen is very pretty. However, to cast her and Anne Maxwell Martin as sisters is not right, in my opinion, because these two don't look like each other. I thought at first that there would be all elements from her novels, but it wasn't. This movie is more like Pride & Prejudice, with characters remind us of Lizzy Bennett, Jane Bennett, Mr & Mrs Bennett, Mr Darcy/Wickham, Lady Catherine, and Mr Collins. The characters' problem is also similar to the opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice:"It is a truth universally acknowledge, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." only that the hero here wasn't rich and depended on his uncle. Meanwhile, Jane's mother wanted her to marry a rich man and thought her mad when she refused such offer. The love almost won and Jane and her prince planned an elopement, but in the end reason took over and Jane realized that she couldn't be egoist and must think of others. Jane and her sister Cassandra never married, and perhaps she was happy enough, as she wrote in her novel Emma: "A single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as any body else."

I also watched Infamous, and I liked this better than Becoming Jane. Doug McGrath (Emma - 1996) wrote & directed the movie. I hadn't known what it was about, only interested in the cast, and I was surprised to know it's about Truman Capote.
However, if 'Capote' was very boring and I only could manage to watch half of 'In Cold Blood', 'Infamous' was worth watching. Douglas McGrath's version of Emma has some changes, but still captures well the book's spirit. The first half of Infamous is like that, when Capote tries to get his way to blend in the little city where the murder has happened, it was light and entertaining, and I found myself giggled at times. The 2nd part is rather dark and the tone slows down. He interviews the killers here, with flashbacks. During the interview Capote developes a unique relationship with Percy Smith. So many big names in the cast, but mostly you will see Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock and Daniel Craig; and all three were great.

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