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.
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…
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…
Beautifully done. I cannot speak for the page-to-screen adaptation aspect of this film, as I never read the book, but this movie very much touched me.
I didn't really expect to enjoy this film. I don't generally enjoy either romances or period pieces, but as a huge fan of not only Cary Fukunaga's work on True Detective, but also both Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, I felt almost obligated to watch it. I surely was not disappointed. Fukunaga's visual style is clearly identifiable, with muted colors and sparse direction that fits very well into the melancholic, yet dramatic nature of the story.
Also, holy fuck, some goddamn great dialogue here. I've rarely enjoyed just listening to characters talk as much as I did in this film. Didn't hurt that the lines were backed up with some seriously great acting on all fronts, even minor roles, but still. Great writing, for sure.
Beautiful and well-cast, but I didn't get a sense of chemistry between the leads. They were each perfect in their roles but paired together it didn't work for me. Otherwise, it's a lovely movie.
19th-century dramas have never appealed to me; the only other movie I've sat through without groaning or chuckling was Joe Wright's "Pride and Prejudice", and that was largely due to Knightley's fantastic performance in that film.
"Jane Eyre", starring Mia Wasikowska in the titular role, is another period piece that I've found delight in. Adapted from the Charlotte Brontë novel, it follows a governess, Jane Eyre, as she falls in love with the master of the house, Mr. Rochester.
Director Cary Fukunaga would not be the first person I'd think of to direct, but he surpasses expectations here, bringing a freshness to this version that revitalizes the story entirely, even as it remains in its original time. The cinematography is…
A gothic and gripping visual aesthetic with great performances.
Never read the book, but I refuse to believe it's actually as lifeless and boring as this film.
Perfect casting, perfect story structure, perfect atmosphere, beyond-perfect lighting. My favorite adaptation of this wonderful book.
Director Fukunaga drops the gothic ghost story vibe that one finds in the Orson Welles/Joan Fontaine version, trims a lot down, and focuses on Jane herself in this 11th (perhaps?) version of the classic. Looks absolutely stunning, as Adriano Goldman works wonders with light and takes inspiration from Vermeer and other painters of the time. Mia Wasikowska looks spooky and intriguing, while Michael Fassbender has been playing variations of dark Brontë men in several other films, so why not here. Feels as refreshing as Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's new translations of Dostoevsky, in as much as you want Fukunaga and Moira Buffini to adapt all the Brontë sisters' works after this.
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Good movies written and/or directed by women, arranged by year. Will continually add more as I see them. Click "Read…