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I have decided that in addition to reviewing books, I’d also like to use this blog to review movie adaptations of books. To that end, Jane Eyre is my first movie review. I believe this is the second time that I’ve watched the version that features Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska. I’m not going to give an extremely detailed breakdown of the movie and all the pros and cons. I prefer to talk lightly on whether or not I liked it, if there were any glaring errors, etc. I’d rather you come away with your own ideas from the movie, than be overly influenced by mine.
First, I like the look of the actors they chose to portray Mr. Rochester and Jane in this version. I know that sounds silly, but if I don’t think “Jane” and “Rochester” when I look at the actors, I’m not going to enter into the story as readily. I really enjoyed Fassbender’s portrayal of Rochester, though he wasn’t quite as dark and brooding as in some other adaptations or the book. He didn’t seem to be quite as tortured as he should have been. Wasikowska’s portrayal, I’m not quite as sure about. I did enjoy her performance, but it seemed to be lacking something. There seemed to be a flatness to her character at times, and a general lack of emotion. I also thought that the chemistry was a little lacking between Jane and Rochester, which is of course one of the main ingredients that makes the whole plot believable.
There were a few bits that I noticed had been changed from the book, but I’ve come to expect that in screen adaptations. It doesn’t bother me too much. Unfortunately, there were some scenes left out that I think would have added to the story, but there may have been time constraints. One thing I thought was quite clever in this adaptation, was that Jane’s story alternated between present day (once she had left Thornfield), and her past (beginning with her childhood). I think that was an interesting way to tell the story.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to Jane Eyre fans and those who enjoy a good love story. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, as long as you go into it allowing it to be its own version of Jane Eyre. 🙂
Rating: 4 Stars
Until next time…
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