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Cary Fukunaga directs a fiery and elegant adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, and Mia Wasikowska delivers possibly the best portrayal of the title character ever. Read critic reviews
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Jul 27, 2014Having not actually read the source material or seen the countless other adaptation of Jane Eyre, one can only judge it based on what it accomplished, and against the genre that it's a part of. As a 19th Century period piece, Jane Eyre is a successful film. It's very well executed at most every level, with excellent production values, world building, compelling performances, and a mostly engaging narrative. I say mostly engaging, as the film does get a bit dull towards the end, with a notable descent in to melancholy. In additoin, there are parts of the film that feel too compact, as is the pitfalls of many films from novels. Yet the heart of the story is a fascinating one, with the film remaining anchored with the character of Jane Eyre, played rather brilliantly by Mia Wasikowska. Her Jane Eyre is one brimming with emotion, complexity, and drive, yet one ever so elegantly restrained with a sort of melancholy venire. Wasikowska conveys this to an amazingly raw extent, giving the film most of its narrative power. Fassbender's Rochester is also a fascinating character, though one could have wanted more from his characterization (his back-story was very unclear). Still, his chemistry with Mia is palpable. The direction is mostly strong, having a solid pace up until the end, when the film seems to slow and meander a bit. We get a sense that with all of the characters on screen, there is a lot to be had, yet the constraints of the medium mean that only certain storylines could be fleshed out. Eyre's later inheritance and uncle is one plot line that was frustratingly glossed over, which is disappointing considering the interesting direction Eyre's character development was taking. Still, with what the film chooses to focus on, it does well. An overall effective piece. 3.5/5 StarsJeffrey M Super Reviewer
Mar 29, 2013This movie is why I fell in love with Michael Fassbender. Ask me to marry you, Michael. I'd say, "yes"!
Jan 28, 2013Despite some fantastic cinematography and great performances from the two leads, Jane Eyre still wasn't all that interesting to me. However, my problem with it relates to the story, which is in no way the fault of talented director Cary Fukunaga, who creates a gorgeously-rendered adaptation of the book of the same name. Despite my gripes with the story being told, the film rarely if ever devolves into mindless melodrama and will surely satisfy those who enjoyed the book, as this is definitely well-made. Be forewarned though, if you aren't a fan of this sort of 19th century romance story, this adaptation of Jane Eyre isn't likely to change your mind.Joey S Super Reviewer
Dec 03, 2012A superb adaptation, with particular praise to the script and the way in which the story is told. The two leads are pitch-perfect, the crisp photography is beautiful in a subtle way and the locations, costumes and design are award worthy. An overlooked gem.