Jane Eyre Reviews
A few lulls in the Jane character, but ready to forgive w so much more going on here.
The director meticulously touches on each important detail from the eponymous novel, and is visually and emotionally satisfying.
I did my high school thesis on this novel, and never wanted to see a typically uninspired movie version - I somehow had a feeling I should see this version, and it paid off in spades!
I love this one, it's brilliant in scope, passion, feel, eloquence, and truth.
4.5 of 5
Is there nothing to enjoy in this version? Well like i said, this movie is gorgeous to look at and is rich with atmosphere. Judie Dench is wonderful in the role of Mrs Fairfax. And the Farewell scene like i said is probably one of the best in any adaptation..
Overall, this adaptations is beautiful eyecandy, but it lacks the substance that makes Jane Eyre so enjoyable. it tries too hard to make it serious and dark which leaves it lifeless and bland and that in turn makes it loose the charm, mystery, beauty, and occasion sweetness of the original story.. Diehard Jane Eyre fans will enjoy one or two scenes and the general movie going audience who are not familiar with other adaptions or the book may enjoy it.. But if you want a passionate, visually beautiful adaptation's with life in them, i'd recommend either the 2006 BBC miniseries starring Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson or the 1983 version starring Timothy Dalton.
Until next time
The main detractor for me was pacing; the scenes prior to Thornfield lag, then after Jane and Rochester meet time flits by making every scene between them feel rushed.
There was one unintentional uplifting comedic moment - when the young Jane Eyre gets knocked out by head butting a locked door - add a laugh reel and it's better than any hopeless Adam Sandler gag - but here needed to be left on the cutting room floor.
While I enjoyed this adaptation, I felt that the characters lacked some of the depth they possess in the book. Jane and Mr. Rochester do not seem to make sense together. They do not particularly challenge one another intellectually or balance each other's shortcomings; at least not to the same extent that they do in the book. Jane has her bluntness, but less of her self-reliance and wit. Rochester has his harshness, but less of his humor and passion. Then on the other end of the spectrum we have St. John Rivers, who appears to be charming and personable rather than the cold, emotionless statue he is in the book. While under his care, Jane feels suffocated by his rigorous demands, and he shows no real affection toward her, only asking for her hand in marriage out of utility rather than love. And when she turns down his repeated, obstinate proposals, he essentially declares her refusal an act against God's will. In this movie, however, it seems foolish of Jane to turn down the sweet and enthusiastic St. John in favor of the brash and controlling Mr. Rochester.
With that having been said, what the story is missing in personality, it makes up for in beauty. The characters look fantastic (albeit perhaps a bit too pretty; St. John is said to be handsome, but Jane and Rochester are plain at best). The setting is breathtaking. The raw emotion captured by Jane as she collapses in the rain at the beginning is spot on. And I appreciated the unique way they arranged the sequence of events, starting with Jane coming to Moor House and retelling the story of her life as though she had started writing her memoir there as opposed to following the book chronologically. It added an air of mystery that immediately sucked me in. Over all, it was a well-made movie. It's just tough to convey 500 pages of detailed, first-person descriptions in a two hour film.
Mia Wasikowska starred as the title character and Michael Fassbender as Edward Rochester. Fukunaga and the producers wanted an actress close to Jane Eyre's age in the novel, in contrast to many previous versions. Fukunaga liked Wasikowska's "sense of observation in her eyes" and that "[she] could communicate [Jane's inner turmoil] in a way that didn't feel theatrical". He felt her looks could be played down as required for the role. On casting Rochester, the director stated that while there were actors closer in appearance, he felt Fassbender had the spirit of the character. Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, Simon McBurney, Imogen Poots, Holliday Grainger and Tamzin Merchant also joined the cast.
The film was produced by Alison Owen's company Ruby Films, with financial support from BBC Films, Focus Features and Lipsynch Productions. The script by Moira Buffini appeared on the 2008 Brit List, a film-industry-compiled list of the best unproduced screenplays in British film. The story is largely presented by way of flashbacks. In October 2009, it was announced that Cary Fukunaga would direct the adaptation. Fukunaga had been in England promoting a film when he met with the BBC and learned about their plans for a new adaptation. The filmmakers decided to play up the Gothic elements of the classic novel. Fukunaga stated, "I've spent a lot of time rereading the book and trying to feel out what Charlotte Brontë was feeling when she was writing it. That sort of spookiness that plagues the entire story... there's been something like 24 adaptations and it's very rare that you see those sorts of darker sides. They treat it like it's just a period romance and I think it's much more than that
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 86% of 138 critical reviews are favourable. The site's consensus is that "Cary Fukunaga directs a fiery and elegant adaptation, while Mia Wasikowska delivers possibly the best portrayal of the title character ever."
A. O. Scott made the film an "NYT Critics' Pick", saying "This Jane Eyre, energetically directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) from a smart, trim script by Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe), is a splendid example of how to tackle the daunting duty of turning a beloved work of classic literature into a movie. Neither a radical updating nor a stiff exercise in middlebrow cultural respectability, Mr. Fukunaga's film tells its venerable tale with lively vigor and an astute sense of emotional detail."
Richard Corliss of Time named Mia Wasikowska's performance one of the Top 10 Movie Performances of 2011
man this is such an enjoyable romantic movie 2 watch, it is such a very powerful drama movie 2 watch, it is such a really sad movie 2 watch, but it is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch with such a brilliant cast throughout this movie.......