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After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meet the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever?
I knew you would do me good in some way. I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you.
I'm not a huge fan of romantic melodrama period films. I don't exactly seek them out in any way, shape, or form. The quote at the top is a good example why. It's not every actor that can pull off dialogue like that and not every viewer that wants to hear it.
I have to say that the cast in Jane Eyre easily won me over. Not only do they make the dialogue believable they all inhabit their characters perfectly. The key to this film is the chemistry between Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Considering how little actually happens between the two characters to make it believable that they are in fact in love is a testament to their skills as actors.
After finally completing the novel, this was absolute bliss. Dario Marianelli's score couldn't be more perfect, and Wasikowska and Fassbender are beautifully matched. Fukunaga's direction is just gorgeous, but that just goes without saying.
Jane Eyre has stuck in my head for the last week -- its tranquility and beauty, along with its intriguing female-driven tale, has captured my interest. Over the last year, I've only reached halfway through Bronte's novel (sometimes I can be an extremely slow/lazy reader) - but Fukunaga's adaption is something to be reckoned with.
Fukunaga crafts a visually alluring film - from the cinematography to the way scenes are shot just so carefully, the gloominess of this gothic period drama are just wonderfully encapsulated. From the rain/moor scenes to the close-ups of the actors, Fukunaga creates such a suitable tone throughout his film. Dario Marianelli (one of my favourite film composers) once again writes a great score, but compared…
Not without its minor flaws, this sumptuous and haunting retelling of the sweeping gothic melodrama feels relevant, authentic and arresting thanks to Fukunaga’s assured direction, Marianelli’s transcendent score and, most notably, Wasikowska and Fassbender’s nuanced, moving performances.
Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has been adapted for the screen, both big and small, many times over the years but only a few have ever truly been successful. This latest adaptation is arguably one of the most visually striking interpretations of the story so far with its atmospheric and gloomy interiors and otherworldly moors and woodlands. It is also rather liberal with the source material too, jumbling around the order and skirting around some key elements (naturally any feature film will suffer in this regard to the longer form TV-series). Some of these changes work in the film’s favour but skirting over most of the mysterious elements of the house are less wise as stripping the story of its Gothic…
After Jane Eyre, Cary Joji Fukunaga went on to direct the very solid mini-series True Detective, an unremittingly dark dive into modern forms of evil. And it would seem there's little in common with the breathtaking costume/period drama on display here. But I notice that in both cases, Fukunaga is interested in bringing the supernatural to life as an emotional and psychological force in characters' lives, but never letting it cross the line into the realm of the literal. These are realistic people reacting to their own mythologies, ghost stories, paranoias. Their emotions, pain and memories are what give psychic fuel to their pantheons of spirits. Fukunaga quite wisely uses his limited run-time to tell Jane's story as a series…
Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic gothic novel is surprisingly dry and with very little hint of eroticism. The whole film has a slow sort of thudding quality.
Mia Wasikowska is a talented actor, but here she seems somehow over her head. By the time Michael Fassbender's "Rochester" enters the story any hope of passion or tragically flawed love slips away.
And it is not for lack of Fassbender's performance. The actor is working his butt off, but Wasikowska never seems to come close to matching his correctly fevered anger and passion. In fact all of the performers are delivering great work. And it isn't that Wasikowska doesn't seem to be aiming for something, but it is hard to know if it is her "Jane" is overwhelmed or that the actor is lost.
In the end, this version of "Jane Eyre" is a very sterile event.
Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender make this. It's not often that you find two people who can render the beautiful yet overly grandiose language of this piece with such skill. Without their chemistry and commitment, this would've been borderline sterile, albeit picturesque. The scenery is gorgeous but static and kind of oppressive, which ended up working. Judi Dench is also in the mix and she's a real treat. Overall, it was a little bit slow at times but packed a couple powerhouse scenes driven by great performances and beautiful scenery.
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I loved this adaptation so. much. So often these period pieces turn Victorian novels about disturbing power plays into straight forward romances, and miss everything that is interesting and complicated about the original. But this one gets right to the heart of the politics that make (hetero)sexuality potentially and always so unsettling. The performances, especially, are exciting. Michael Fassbender has made a career out of exposing the creepy irresistibility of abusive masculinity (how has he not done Streetcar yet??? Too skinny?). When he walks into the room in Fish Tank with his shirt off I was yelling at the screen, "What do you even DO with THAT?!?!" and I think I have the same reaction here. Also, Jamie Bell's insecure,…
Jane is def bi and prefers girl
Rewatch. I can now say Mia Wasikowska played Jane to a T having finally read the book. Brilliant portrayal. Ugh, so damn good. And, of course, Cary Fukunaga's direction was beautiful and scenic.
Great film, watched with my class for literature. Absolutely lovely film, love Michael and Mia
Much less boring than you think. The acting and direction are both great.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…