Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jane Eyre

Cary Fukunaga's take of Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre was different than I thought it would be. I had a preconceived notion of sorts that it would be the typical costume drama we get every year. In reality, it was a step up from what the studios usually make, but just barely.

Mia Wasikowska, whom I'm more familiar with from The Kids Are All Right, stars in the title role. As much as tried, I couldn't shake the feeling that she was miscast. She felt too modern to be a period piece.

Michael Fassbender, however, feels right at home as the mysterious Mr. Rochester. In fact, he seems at ease in most of the movies he's in. (This is from someone who has four other movies of his this year alone.) Like the late, great Greta Garbo, Fassbender possesses an allure that makes people notice him. That, and also one hell of an acting ability.

Along with Fassbender's acting, two other aspects of Jane Eyre I loved were Dario Marianelli's score and Adriano Goldman's cinematography. Both of what Marianelli and Goldman contributed to the film add much to it. I think the film would have been missing something had the score and cinematography not been as effective as they were.

As stated before, I had a few problems with Jane Eyre. I will say it's one of the better titles of the year, but it could have been improved. But still, it's worth a look.

My Rating: ****


  1. I really quite loved this film - Fassbender was brilliant :) But I think Judi Dench was underused - she was too 'big' for her character almost. The only other adaptation I've seen was the Orson Welles version, and I prefer this of the two.

  2. As Ruth, I loved this movie, too! As a reader, I can say it stayed faitfull to the book and, in my opinion, all of the characters were well chosen! Fassbender is, indeed, amazing as Mr Rochester and, as you said, the cinematography is breathtaking!Great review!


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