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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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Really well done. Lots of peril and stuff even though it was slow paced. I love the story but it’s really sad and I just wanted it to end happy and then it sort of did, but not happy enough. I cried. So that means it’s a good movie, right? With good acting to get across such complex characters. Which is why we needed so many silent moments of looking into the eyes of the actors. I really, really wanted to pause it and stop watching during the wedding, so that it would end happy. But I had to finish it…
This was so disappointing. The pace was far too rushed, and I so missed Jane's interior monologue. The film itself looked gorgeous, and the performances, especially Fassbender's, were excellent. But so much of the novel I love was condensed and many of the liberties taken were unwarranted, leaving the progression choppy and character motivations and backgrounds unclear and unfavorably different (or even absent). Obviously the focal point of the piece and interesting commercial prospects surround her relationship with Rochester, but her journey as a young woman and keen self-awareness that was ever-present in the novel is sorely missing here (in addition to key scenes between the two leads!), making the film pale in comparison to the sparkling quality of Bronte's astute and particular prose. I do want to visit Haddon Hall though--SO beautiful and Gothic.
European locales: England (Derbyshire)
Como adaptación es bastante resumida, pero que deja plasmado el dramatismo que rodea a la obra original, lo deja.
Me gustó mucho, me hizo tensarme toda, me gustaron los actores y sus interpretaciones, la música, la ambientación, todo.
Si te gustó la novela, te va a gustar la película.
Somehow I was not moved. Could have been the poor picture quality in my dad's ancient tv, or the fact that I was not paying full attention, but then again, I rarely am. Or it could be the fact that this story is always so cold and gloomy, bleak in fact by colors especially. None of that "take me away"-romance on rose petals.
nice and atmospheric, and most of the cast is great, but I sometimes felt like Jane's motivations were a bit vague or not particularly well expressed, and I'm not sure if that was more the screenplay or the performance. also felt the timeline jumping was a bit muddled at the beginning. very good chemistry between Jane and Rochester though.
the book was better but not bad
A beautiful adaptation with an amazing score by the magnificent Marianelli.
I've seen this a million times and every time there's always something I notice that's how ya know it's amazing
This film held me firmly in its grip for every minute, a testament to the marvelous storytelling. Just fantastic in every aspect.
Complete list. :-(
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…