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Jane Eyre [Blu-ray]
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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 are a couple areas where it falls a little short for me; I wish that there had been more time devoted to Jane and Rochester's snappy and sometimes biting repartee, and I would have liked the resolution to have a little more, well, resolution. Michael Fassbender is a bit too purty for my idea of Rochester. Having said that, something is always going to be cut when turning a novel into a two hour movie, and I think this is a fine version that any fan of Jane should at least give a try.
...and did I mention that incredible sizzle?
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This version of Jane Eyre is by far the BEST I have seen to date!Published 6 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely adore this movie! Such a beautiful story and for me it's up there with timeless romantic classics like Titanic, Everafter, The Notebook, Pride & Prejudice; etc.Published 2 days ago by Allison M
I've seen every version made of this movie. Love what Wasikowska & Fassbender did with these characters! Thank you.Published 3 days ago by vi5is
Got this as a gift for a girl friend....She's still talking about it! Loved itPublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beautifully made with all the character depth and darkness that the book originally conveyed.Published 15 days ago by AMLind
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