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Jane Eyre (2011)

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A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.

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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 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.

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She sought refuge... and found a place haunted by secrets.

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements including a nude image and brief violent content | See all certifications »

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$182,885 (USA) (11 March 2011)

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$11,232,825 (USA) (8 July 2011)
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Director Cary Fukunaga chose not to film any footage of Thornfield Hall burning down because he wanted the film to feel like the novel, which is entirely first-person from Jane's perspective. Since Jane is not present for the fire, Fukunaga didn't feel there was a way to include it organically without it feeling tacked on. See more »

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During the first meeting between Mrs Fairfax, Mr Rochester and Jane Eyre; Mrs Fairfax serves tea and then sits down with her cup. The cup she is holding is clearly empty. See more »

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St John Rivers: This school you were at, Miss Elliott, this charitable institution. What did it prepare you for?
[Cuts to a flashback of Jane's childhood friend, Helen, being beaten with a rod by Ms. Scatcherd]
St John Rivers: Was it a thorough education?
Jane Eyre: Most thorough.
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Version of The Castle of Thornfield (1915) See more »

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Piano Sonata No. 4 In E Flat Major, Op.7, First Movement: 'Allegro Molto E Con Brio'
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Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Dario Marianelli
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Another perspective...
18 March 2011 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

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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