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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.
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…
I'm ready to read the book now
I am generally not that enthusiastic about adaptations of classic novels: they tend to be too deferential to their material to have any imagination of their own. And I especially don’t like the good-taste British literary adaptation of the last 30 years or more with its pretty clothes and stately homes. (And, for this reason, I don’t like Judi Dench; but Dench is a National Treasure and if you don’t swoon at her name in England you are in danger of small children throwing stones at you, so I generally keep quiet about my distaste.) So I wouldn’t have gone to this film by choice – it was my partner’s fault. So was it so bad? Jane Eyre has the…
I read it years ago, and as a matter of fact only remembered the general frame. I can't speak about the adaptation itself, but I felt compelled by the cinematography itself -I spent the whole movie watching the colors and the texture of the scene- and the soundtrack by Dario Marianelli, great as always (as if he and a few others ruled an oligopoly of composing for period pieces). A nicely tailored period movie, music, picture, costume and acting all working the way you expect it for the genre.
Loved, loved, loved this movie.
It's a funny thing, but Mia Wasikowska has become one of my favorite young actresses without me actually having very much affection for her. There's something about her that keeps the viewer at a constant distance, and this works wonderfully well when she's playing a prickly, dangerous character (Stoker, Maps to the Stars, Only Lovers Left Alive) but less well when she's playing a character that we need to embrace and empathize with (Crimson Peak). This quality in her led me to be deeply reticent about this film. How can this story work if we aren't in sympathy with Jane?
But of course it does work, because Jane keeps the other characters at a distance as well. Wasikowska's Jane is…
The film is at its best when Jane and Rochester are sniping at each other as intellectual equals.
It is at its worst when we are left alone with Jane, who we never really know, but only ever see as everyone else does. The film never lets the audience get closer to the central figure in its story than those who speak broadly of her in the film itself.
For a film so heavily relying on Jane's spirit and her relationship with Rochester, this creates an uneven burden tipping onto Mia Wasikowska, who never quite pulls out from under it. When the relationship advances and we still only distantly know Jane as the cold, rebellious creature spoken of by her…
A fine and beautifully filmed adaptation of the classic tale.
i love cary fukunaga but why does he feel he had to make jane eyre so dreadful? mia wasikowska's interpretation of jane was WEIRD and fassbender is too hot to be rochester lbr
dario marianelli's score was A+ though
The big "reveal" felt rushed and anticlimactic. I wish it had been drawn out more for the suspense. I'm glad Jane finally found happiness. I would have liked to have seen a wedding at the end though!
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