Review: Jane Eyre
Another film of Jane Eyre? After more than 20 screen versions what can possibly be added to Charlotte Bronte's story? Well, in this case, the director of Sin Nombre offers us a vibrant, moody skim through Bronte's tale that sweeps fresh new energy into its well worn twists and turns.
The two leads are excellent. Michael Fassbender has now ascended to the level of sure thing; a performer who will excel in any role he is thrown. He is perfect for costume drama as he has a great gift for being mannered and yet passionate.
Mia Wasikowska's unsmiling Jane is both disconcertingly childlike and abruptly assertive.
Cary Joji Fukunaga's version of Eyre plays up the gothic angle but it's an unusual gothic, a dowdy gothic. Thornfield Hall is a dark and forbidding place, but in a lived-in way.
The sense of isolation, of being trapped by the long bleak winters is palpable. So much of it is dank and grey you could catch a chill just looking at it.
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This is an historical drama which feels like it is being lived rather than recreated. All in all this is very superior package: marvellously played, lovely music and beautiful to look at.
Yet though Jane Eyre may be a fabulous film, it may not necessarily be a fabulous film of Jane Eyre.
- 1 Brother and sister found dead in their home are named
- 2 Neighbours' horror after two people found dead in 'peaceful close'
- 3 Parts of busy Norwich road to be shut for three days for repairs
- 4 Why is it so difficult to buy bottled water?
- 5 Twin Bakes sell out of treats during first pop-up sale
- 6 Norwich pub to temporarily close this summer because of 'pingdemic'
- 7 Every Norfolk primary school rated as 'Outstanding'
- 8 Man and woman found dead in home
- 9 See artist's fascinating pictures of Norwich's Castle Mall construction
- 10 £800k roadworks branded 'waste of time and effort'
Fans of the book should appreciate the way a selection of its pages have been realised, but afterwards I was checking the internet because I emerged with only hints and suspicions about what it was really about.
I was enthralled by the telling, but not the tale.
JANE EYRE (PG)
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots and Sally Hawkins.
Length: 120 mins