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Jonny Lee Miller,
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 meets 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? Written by
Mel Bellis in the U.K.
The location of Jane's cottage was so isolated that there was no cell phone reception. A member of the crew had to be stationed in a nearby phone booth with a walkie talkie in case the crew needed anything - he didn't complain, however, as the local residents brought him tea and cookies throughout the day. See more »
Rochester drags Jane and company to meet his wife, Antoinetta, in the secret room. Bertha spits at Jane, which leaves a black mark on her dress near the bust. The camera focuses on Rochester and Antoinetta as Antoinetta goes berserk. When the camera focuses on Jane as she leaves, the black mark is gone. See more »
[sitting on the steps]
This spring, I came home heart sore and soul withered. Then I met a gentle stranger whose society revives me. With her, I feel like I could live again in a higher, purer way.
[looking at Jane]
Tell me... Am I justified in over leaping an obstacle of custom to obtain her?
There's an obstacle?
A mere conventional impediment.
But what can it be? If you cherish an affection, sir than fortune alone cannot impede you.
And if the lady is of noble stock and has indicated that ...
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Don't get me wrong--I've read the novel hundreds of times, and I've endeavored to see as many film and TV adaptations of Jane Eyre as I can. Jane Eyre is and always will be my favorite novel. But I'm very surprised by the glowing reviews on IMDb.com for this version of Jane Eyre. This movie wasn't bad, but it falls way short of 10 stars.
No re-hashing of the plot is necessary since everyone knows the story, so here's what I found unsatisfying about this version: * Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska's chemistry is not that great--not the caliber you would expect from a movie version of Rochester and Jane. I didn't feel like they truly longed and desired for each other. The actors in the 2006 BBC miniseries version, Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson, left me breathless. But Fassbender and Wasikowska felt flat.
I don't think Michael Fassbender was particularly a strong Rochester either. Rochester is suppose to be eccentric, dark, brooding, and prone to sudden mood changes--charming one minute, angry the next. Fassbender got the brooding part down, but didn't really display the range of emotions you would expect from a Byronic character like Rochester.
* Too much had to be cut in order to cram the story in, and the pace of the plot doesn't flow well. I'm convinced that a good adaptation of the novel can never be done in a 2-hour movie because the novel is just too darn long.
* Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax? Serious miscasting and a waste of Dench's talent. You hire Dench to kick ass and take names, not be the mild-mannered simpleton housekeeper.
* Rochester is suppose to be ugly and Jane's suppose to be PLAIN. Fassbender's too handsome and Wasikowska's too pretty. But this seems to be a crucial point many movie and TV adaptations botch, so I can't hold it against them too much.
Again, it wasn't a bad movie, but not the best adaptation. My personal favorite remains the 2006 version.
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