Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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…
I am unfamiliar with the story of Jane Eyre and this film being my first encounter with Charlotte Bronte's classic piece of literature. First reflections upon finishing the movie are how much I like the core of the story (Bronte sisters know how to tell a dark and often morbid tale of love that is the complete antithesis of Jane Austen's vision) but that I feel much of what magic the novel possibly contains feels lost in the fragmented structure they chose to do the film in.
It was indeed hard to follow at times as key elements to plot points that seemed abruptly abandoned resurfaced later on be revealed. This was frustrating at first but ultimately is done this…
Favorite Jane Eyre adaptation to date. The only one I've seen that really evokes the gothic tone of the novel.
I listened to the director commentary on it and the director said that every time Michael Fassbender got on his horse it got a huge erection and they had to essentially walk it through a freezer in order to get erection free shots. Which is hilarious.
I just adore the performances by Michael and Mia. Their shared power-acting is well worth the rewatch. One of the better film interpretations out there on Bronte’s same-titled novel.
*I always get a weird 'Hound of Baskervilles' vibe from this movie which is entirely do to its atmospheric moors and mysterious, poorly lit house... and I'm always disappointed by a lack of Sherlock Holmes to exchange sassy quips between Jane and Edward. What terrible fun.
But that’s just me.
Couldn't help it, it was on tv last night.
She would never say where she came from
Yesterday don't matter if it's gone
While the sun is bright
Or in the darkest night
No one knows
She comes and goes
Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I'm gonna miss you
I haven't seen any of the previous adaptations so I can't speak to them, but the casting of Wasikowska in the title role is probably the most inspired a film of this stature would ever be allowed. With knowledge of the source, it certainly approaches the material with more reverance for the text's gothic atmosphere rather than British nobility. That said, it still didn't present itself as being necessary. Fukunaga may aesthetically depart with a much more active, organic camera but he still becomes slave to plot and Brontë's language, which is never treated with the same sensitivity as the film's landscape photography.
An all-time favorite, rivaled only by North & South and P&P.
My wife loves this stuff.
Supplemental information -- first written/dictated 2011
My review, this film is now at your local cinema, it is a BBC production. I myself cannot find anything to criticize about this film, but however what I would say about this film is the next statement. If [the viewer] can comprehend the language of old-style English language, you will really appreciate the language and passion in this film, if you do not understand old style English language, you will still enjoy it because in my opinion passion can be put in any language but everyone can still feel it. Mia Wasikowska as [Jane Eyre] and Michael Fassbender as [Edward Fairfax Rochester] create free-flowing excitement, mystery, well constructed conversations, within these conversations are…
"What fault do you find with me? I have all my limbs and features."
This was damn good. I enjoy melodrama and I like mist and I love Wasikowska and Fassbender and Fukunaga.
Desperate farmer sideburns. Fireplace scratching. Running somewhere, anywhere, until rains stop and embraces start.
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