I have a lot of favorites, but if you have a little time on your hands after the busy days of Christmas shopping, here is one movie I really enjoy.
The movie is Becoming Jane and it's the story of a romance between Jane Austen (played by Anne Hathaway) and Tom Lefroy (played so very well by James McAvoy). It is thought that Jane's personal life was the inspiration for her novel Pride and Prejudice.
Jane and Tom Lefroy meet without any sparks flying at first. She finds him to be arrogant young man with a bad reputation. But she finds herself drawn to Tom and eventually they fall in love. Here is my favorite scene between Jane and Tom at the ball. Watch Jane's face as she suddenly sees Tom appear. Sigh.
But in that time, love was not the only thing to be regarded in a match between a man and a woman. As Jane finds out, Tom is the primary breadwinner for his impoverished family back home. If he leaves the opportunities afforded him by his rich uncle, his family will be left destitute. Jane does not come from a wealthy background and she realizes that she cannot ask Tom to leave his position and marry her. She is willing to sacrifice her own personal happiness for him and his family.
Their final scenes at the tavern are played so well, especially by James McAvoy. He is able to convey the devastation he feels as she tells him that they cannot marry.
A trailer of the movie:
Becoming Jane is one of those movies you can enjoy watching more than once. So after wrapping the last gift, after baking the last cookie, and after watching It's A Wonderful Life (you know you have to watch that!), throw a pillow and blanket on the couch and settle back to watch a beautiful romance.
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