As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers.
Release Date: March 11, 2011
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Producer: Alison Owen, Christine Langan, Paul Trijbits, Peter Hampden
Cast: Judi Dench, Sophie Ward, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, Michael Fassbender, Holliday Grainger, Tamzin Merchant, Ãƒâ€°glantine Rembauville, Imogen Poots, Mia Wasikowska, Amelia Clarkson, Freya Parks, Romy Moore, Joe Moyland, Su Elliott(less)
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It frequently happens that when I see a film based on a novel, whether the film is good or bad, I then want to read that novel to see how it compares. It is less frequent that seeing a film makes me never, ever, want to read the novelâ‚Ç¨¦ever, but that is precisely what happened with Jane Eyre. This film moves about as quickly as sap comes out of a tree. Itâ‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s the sad sad story of a young woman whose life is as horrible as you can imagine who then finds some semblance of a happy life being a governess. Apparently itâ‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s also love story between her and the master of the house, though thatâ‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s not entirely clear for most of the film. It doesnâ‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t help that 80% of the film is a flashback and you arenâ‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t really sure when that flashback begins. Or that half of the film is shot in almost complete darkness. Or that you can never tell what the characters are thinking (does she like him, or hate him? Is he being really mean or flirting? Is she a nice old lady or a vicious psychotic? â‚Ç¨‚Äú these are usually not things you have to guess at in a semi-well directed film). Also, the master of the house has a dark secret and when drapes start catching on fire in the middle of the night, and visitors are mysteriously stabbed in the back (also in the middle of the night), and the child who lives on the residence says there are stories of a freaky dark haired woman in a white dress that stalks the halls (you guessed itâ‚Ç¨¦in the middle of the night) suddenly this movie starts feeling more like a ghost story. Nothing goes right for Jane in this film. Nothing. Itâ‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s sad, a little frightening, and just no fun at all to watch.September 19th, 2011 · Details
A must to go see. Values are upheld no matter how hard the struggle. Excellent for young women to see strength in virtue.August 30th, 2011 · Details
Marvelous period film, true to the book, in the tradition of the most recent feature version of "Pride and Prejudice"April 21st, 2011 · Details
Great interpretation of this classic tale.April 20th, 2011 · Details