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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…
I know nothing of the Bronte novel; as a kid I assumed any book titled after and written by a female was a chick book, so I stayed away and buried myself in novels by Melville, Orwell, and of course books about manly things like sweaty, shirtless dudes slaying dragons.
Fortunately as I grew up that bit of misogyny faded away and I accepted heroes and heroines of all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately I never really went back to make amends for those misguided dismissals of my youth. After watching Jane Eyre, I think I may have to make a point of doing so.
Jane is an amazing character; so apparently meek, but so strikingly strong. Wasikowska conveys that dichotomy…
I actually felt at a loss for words when the credits started to roll. Apart from the book, none of the adaptations of Jane Eyre have ever moved me quite so much. Cary Fukunaga created the world in which Charlotte Bronte envisioned and it was illustrated beautifully. I believe that Jane Eyre has always held a place in my heart because I found her sadness to be so raw and real. Being a young girl when I read it, her character became a part of me. Much like films, books have also been my means of escapism.
Thank you Cary Fukunaga, for bringing back those memories of awe when I first curled up with a ratty library copy of Jane Eyre.
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…
Although it might drag in parts, Jane Eyre is still an elegant and visually sumptuous period piece. The performances from Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender are magnificient, and the production design is simply impeccable. This is another solid entry in the impressive filmography of Cary Fukunaga.
11 Nov 2015
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
I am officially a fan of the lead, after watching crimson peak and this tonight all I can say is wow. She has a rare talent in which she can invoke sympathy with grace. She is quiet and respectful to the characters around her but has an air of confidence and carries herself with strength. She keeps up with the absolutely masterful Fassbender and that cannot be easy. Fassbender like in Fish Tank is multifaceted. Likeable but commanding, questionabe ethically but charasmatic. Not in a film star way, but in what his roles require. I read an article that Jobs should have cast someone like RDJ as Steve Jobs so audiences would be more interested. He and most actors in Hollywood are mere infants in terms of talent next to Mike. Outside of the acting Jane Eyre is a powerful film. It's fantastic to look at and never becomes overly sappy or dumbs conflicts down for it's audience.
One day I will get over this film. Today is not that day. Absolutely stunning.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest." Top two-hundred is definitive. Only 1940-2015.