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Pros: The casting is possibly the best of any version I've seen. Mia Whatchamacallit (sorry, can't remember her name right now) was 21 when the film was shot, making her about the right age to play Jane. All the other versions I've seen cast actresses who were well past their teen years, so it was good to see a more-age-approriate Jane. She also did a nice job with the role, expressing shades of emotion in her face since her lines are frankly rather limited. Michael Fassbender is honestly too young (34) and too good-looking (he was the smokin' hot warrior Stelios in 300) but does a very good job inhabiting the character of Rochester. He's very gruff with just the right hint of humor to make Rochester the irritating but somehow intriguing guy he is. The other roles were also well-cast. Judi Dench is always amazing, and Jamie Bell (though not as handsome as St.John should be, imho) was appropriately stern. The cinematography of the movie is just lovely. I really liked the lighting. Everything at Gateshead is sunlit and colorful, belying the hellish existence Jane endures there.Read more ›
p.s. I forgot to mention that the music score is lovely and fits the mood perfectly.
The time and place - England's North country mid -nineteenth century. Jane is unloved by her aunt, and after a fight with her cousin is shipped off - rather brutally - to a boarding school run by a self-important and cruel headmaster. She develops one friendship there - a girl called Helen - but loses Helen to an illness.
The beginning of the altercation between Jane and her male cousin is nerve shattering as he bashes her head into a wall, and she (deservedly) hits him back. Of course - the aunt sees and hears only wants she wants to observe...and Jane is conveniently eliminated from the family.
During the prison like experience in Lowood School, Jane becomes "educated" to serve the elite. After some mysterious circumstances, she secures a job as governess of a female ward of Sir Edward Rochester. He and she develop an uneasy friendship at first - which ultimately blooms into love...as both have had very difficult pasts and need to repair their souls. I enjoyed Jane's character telling the truth in a polite way when she tells Mr. Rochester at one point he speaks nonsense.
If I could offer one small critique - the early history of Jane Eyre is skipped over rather quickly. The meanness of the boarding school (Lowood School) is rather underplayed...and the necessary friendship with Helen is just a glimpse.Read more ›
There was little development as the movie progressed. The character of Jane grows from this meek and timid girl into this powerhouse of a woman. However, in this adaptation, she is not afraid to state her opinion and is bold right out of the gate. The audience cannot grow and push for her as a character if she does not develop as the story progresses. Rochester is the same way. In the real story, he at first comes off as a gruff and enigmatic person. He changes though from that dark, brooding character into one who is to be pitied- he starts off strong and domineering and ends up the weaker of Jane and himself. In this version however, he is this character that is both gruff and tortured straight from the get go. He does not develop into being the weaker character.
Things just progressed at an odd pace in this film. However I will say I did like the creative use of flashbacks to tell the story and the hints of things from the book (i.e. when the tree Jane and Rochester were standing under gets struck by lightning) without actually drawing attention to them.
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I don't think you can really understand everything that happens in the movie. For example, why does Mr. Rochester have to lead Blanche Ingram on? Read morePublished 3 days ago by Yang Ruan
I love this movie, and now that I own it on blu ray, I can watch it over and over!Published 1 month ago by Book-obsessed mom
I never thought I'd find a Jane Eyre that could compete with the Orson Wells Joane Fontaine version, but this is a real contender! Now I have two favorites!Published 1 month ago by Sally G Lancaster
I have dreamed of Rochester ever since the first time I read Jane Eyre. I was 10 years old. From then on, I read the book at least 5 times and watched different adaptations. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emma
Poor acting, poor script, poor dialogue. Finished reading the original novel, and although the book was wordy, the plot was good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kwillspen
Bland and forgettable. Mia Wasikowska was an uninspired Jane Eyre and, as much as I love Fassbender, he could not save this dud. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zoethustra
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The initial, rough cut Fukanaga mentioned was 2 1/2 hrs. But the final cut was 2 hrs. Various sites report that both DVD and Blu-Ray versions will include deleted scenes as additional material. In a budget-obsessed industry, this is the best we can hope for.
Jun 20, 2011 by A. M. Wagner | See all 11 posts
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Studios make the bulk of their profits from dvd sales, unless you're Lucasfilm or Disney, which reap licensing fees from "Tie-ins." Box sets aren't selling as well as they once did. Look, wait four months then dive in. :-)
Jun 20, 2011 by A. M. Wagner | See all 3 posts
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