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Night of McAvoy

Yesterday, I had myself a nice night of James McAvoy movies. Actually, I watched only two, but still, it was quite pleasent. I had watched them both many times before, but I thought this was a good  opportunity to go through them again.penelope

  1. First, I watched Penelope, which is dated back to 2006. It’s about Penelope (Christina Ricci), a girl born into a high class, rich London family, but because of a curse, she has a snout, in other words, she has a pig nose. The only way to remove the curse is “one of her own kind to accept her”, so her mother tries her best to find her a husband of similar status. However, so far no one has accepted her and all the suitors fly out the window, literally, at the sight of her. One day, one of the suitors hire Lemon, a reporter who lost his eye because of Penelope’s mom, to tell the public about Penelope. They try to take her picture by hiring Max (James McAvoy), a blue-blood high society dude who has gambling problems. 

This movie has a supernatural fairy tale atmosphere about it, with clear-cut characters, and it can be quite fun. It also has surprises and nice plot twists, and good characters who develop through it. It also has messages about accepting yourself and motherhood etc, so it can be a tear-jerker if it touches a sour spot. But all in all, it’s a high-quality romantic comedy about finding yourself. Of course, James McAvoy is hot as ever.

becoming jane

The other movie I watched was Becoming Jane, from 2007, which, as you  might now, is about none other than Jane Austen. Since it is about  Jane Austen, it carries the same air as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Some people have cruelly dismissed it as being “too similar to Pride and Prejudice“, but hello, it is about its freaking author. So, Jane (Anne Hathaway) is a girl of small fortune, who writes deep in her country house, and one day, Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) who’s “a lawyer with a reputation” from London. The clash of the characters is much like Pride and Prejudice, and it’s a known fact that Jane Austen was deeply influanced by Lefroy when she portrayed Mr. Darcy. Much of the movie is fiction, but much of it is not. For examle, it is known that Jane stayed in Lefroy’s house in London, just like in the movie. Also, on his deathbed, when asked about his biggest love, Lefroy said “Jane Austen”, and he named his daughter Jane. How romantic can you get?

When we went to watch this in the movie theater, me and my mother cried our eyes out. It was just that good. I think it’s a lot better than Pride and Prejudice, though it may come a close second. It also happens to be my favorite James McAvoy movie, who fits Lefroy so, so well. Your heart will stop at the dance scenes.

I am sure I will write about James in the future. How could I not? He’s like the next Ewan McGregor. Yum.


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