Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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.
Something strange is going on at Thornfield Hall. Faint, anguished cries are heard at night through the walls. Mysterious fires are set that can't be accounted for. The children circulate rumours of a wild woman with long black hair and eyes like sapphires roaming the dark passages at night.
Jane Eyre has outgrown silly notions like this. No longer does she believe that ghosts can get in through the fireplace to torment the living. Jane has seen too much human cruelty to bother with supernatural fears. Now her memories are her nightmares... 'You are encouraged to withhold the hand of friendship from Jane Eyre.' Sensible, practical, 'plain and little' Jane Eyre. You will do this if you wish to help…
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…
A great adaptation of a classic, if too slow to start.
Watched this on recommendation from Alice. I liked it but think it was a little rushed at times, but that's because I read the book and the book is almost 400 pages long.
I went into this film blind and it hit me like a ton of bricks. It's surprisingly ominous and absolutely gorgeous. An instant favorite.
Would have enjoyed this more if my mum hadn't commentated throughout with things like 'this isn't true to the book' or 'that is not correct' and 'this is nothing like the book'... OK JO BUT THIS IS SOMEONE ELSE'S INTERPRETATION PIPE DOWN PLEASE.
Mia is so amazing
I think this is the best adaptation. It's very true to the book. Also, Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester is pure perfection. It's very close to how I imagined him when I first read the novel.
If the aim of an an adaptation is to capture the spirit of the original, then this succeeded mightily; and in its own way, nonetheless.
That said, the book is, perhaps necessarily, the most powerful vehicle for this story. Still, a gratifying retelling of a somber tale.
Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester made my head spin. How can one man be so mesmerizing? 😍
Really won me over this time. Was able to get in its rhythm and really see its point of view better than I ever had.
Very funny, visually effective and quite romantic for a story that left me rather cold in the past.
Fassy and Wasikowska are excellent, as expected.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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