From what I understand, while Jane Austen did know Tom Lefroy, they weren't a couple.
However, if you can suspend that disbelief, the movie's pretty good. Oh, and you also have to accept the idea of "Mr. Tumnus" as a romantic lead. But he does pretty well.
Anne Hathaway does very well herself. She has very expessive eyes and you feel for her so much throughout the movie.
My favorite character would have to be Rev. Austen, Jane's dad. The movie supposes that her characters were inspired by people in her life. So, Rev. Austen is much like Mr. Bennet of Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Austen is Mrs. Bennet of P&P plus Mrs. Price of Mansfield Park, etc. Rev. Austen has to put up with a lot from his nagging wife, but he keeps his good humor.
The costumes were good. Jane was in her early twenties just as gowns were starting to get the Empire waistline, so some of the dresses have it and some don't. I love the score, so the soundtrack's going right on my Amazon wishlist.
I will say that if Jane had been desperately in love with Tom Lefroy, I don't think she would've eloped with him. Lizzie Bennet is mortified over her sister running off with Wickham, so I think Jane would've kept to the rules of propriety.
I'm not positive, but I don't think Jane's brother and their cousin, the widowed comtess, were in love. I do know she stayed with the Austens after she lost her husband to Mme. Guillotine.
Unsurprisingly, I feel sorry for Mr. Willsley (or however his name is spelled). He seemed like a nice guy, he just wasn't Jane's type.
I can't wait till this movie comes out on DVD.
Oh, one of the trailers was for the movie based on The Jane Austen Book Club, which I started reading today.
Another trailer was for the sequel to the Elizabeth I movie Cate Blanchett was in. Clive Owen's in it as Sir Walter Raleigh, and damn, does he look good. He should do more historical movies.