Jane Eyre – Movie 1997

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Here’s yet another Jane Eyre movie that I watched.  Can you believe it?  When I started this, I had no idea there were so many Jane Eyre movie adaptations.

In this version Jane is played by Samantha Morton, and Mr. Rochester by Ciaran Hinds.  Morton does look quite plain in the movie, but I think she’s almost a little too pretty to play Jane.  Hinds has a physique and appearance that could easily be Rochester’s.

Something unique about this adaptation is how they portray Rochester’s relationship with Adele.  In this one he is affectionate towards her instead of being surly and gruff.  I also like how Rochester has a wry sense of humor.  It adds an interesting facet to his personality.

I noticed that Jane is much more besot with Mr. Rochester than in other versions.  This doesn’t seem to be quite true to the book, in which Rochester is the one who is initially love struck and pining for Jane.

There were only a few things that I didn’t care for in this adaptation.  The dialogue was changed quite a bit.  To me, that’s a no-no.  I see no reason to change the conversation between Rochester and Jane because that is what adds sparkle to the classic story.  Also, some plot elements of the story were changed a bit.  Rochester’s rant when Jane decides to leave is a little over the top.  I also thought the part with St. John Rivers was rather weak.

So…while this isn’t the worst adaptation I’ve seen, it isn’t the best either.  It’s just sort of meh.  If you’re a Jane Eyre fan watch it once, but that will probably be enough.

Rated: NR

Rating: 3 Stars

Until next time…




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