I'm still digesting the movie and reading Jon Spence's Becoming Jane Austen. Of the four of us who saw Becoming Jane, the one who knew almost nothing about Jane Austen enjoyed the movie the most. Her reaction was curiosity. She wanted to go home and reread Jane's novels and to learn more about her personal life. She was also the only one of us who cried towards the end when Jane met Tom's daughter. To me the scene seemed contrived to provide a neat, pat ending to a rather trite tale.
After the lights turned on in the theater, my fellow Janeite, Lady Anne, and I exclaimed (almost simultaneously), "Nice movie, terrible biography." Two women in the row in front of us turned around, smiled, and agreed. We then briefly discussed "Amadeus," which was also a good film, but which portrayed Mozart's and Salieri's relationship inaccurately.
Click here for my other post about Becoming Jane, and to access other sites about the film. I'll write a more detailed critique about the film later, after finishing Spence's biography.