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Jane Eyre, Movie

Jane Eyre 2011

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Charlotte Brontë adaptation with Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), from the director of Sin Nombre. Also starring Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins and Jamie Bell. More

Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender, Inglourious Basterds). As she reflects upon the people that have defined her, it is clear that the isolated and imposing residence – and Mr. Rochester’s coldness – have sorely tested her resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. Jane must now act decisively to secure her future and come to terms with the past, and the terrible secret that Mr Rochester is hiding... Hide

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    • Aurora

      This looks good hope it does the book justice

    • ralphy

      creepy... lets hope the plot is good enough to hold audiences through the weird worl of jane

    • miller

      why isn't this out sooner? september?!!

    • Rachel

      Surely it can't be as bad as Sandy Welch's hack job..but can it be as good as the 1985 BBC version?

    • ioana

      hoping Mr Rochester is as handsome as the Timothy Dalton version!looking forward to seeing this

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    • Sophie Ferris

      Do you think me handsome? YES

    • jewellnz

      i have just seen this movie last night, i thought i was very good indeed, mr Rochester is ok,seemed that most of the audience enjoyed it

    • Sue

      Do you think me handsome? NO Sir.

    • alex

      Fassbender, Wasikowska and Bell??? nuff said

    • Tania1

      loved it wanna see it again

    • HoneyRyder

      Enjoyed it so much! The chemistry was amazing! Mr Rochester was very sexy;)

    • Annabel

      I will be seeing this tonight....looks great...lots of tension...mmmnnnn

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    • Tania1

      just been to see it again num num num


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Rebecca Barry Hill Flicks Writer

Jane Eyre is two hours long and yet it never lags. Tense and beautifully acted, every scene is riveting, the result of all parts – moody direction, sizzling chemistry and surprising storytelling – coming together. More

Charlotte Bronte’s classic has been adapted for screen countless times, and yet Cary Fukunaga’s version feels anything but staid or obvious. He and screenwriter Moira Buffini have chosen to start the story well into the source material, with the heroine’s breathless escape from Thornfield Hall, her black cape falling around her pale skin as she traverses the wild landscape alone.

Pulling things along, aside from flashbacks to Jane’s nightmarish childhood, is a sense of sexual repression. Like its insipid contemporary spawn Twilight, the virginal heroine is pursued by an intimidating hero, their desires illuminated by candlelight as they engage in amusing banter. Things continue to smoulder even after they’ve put out the blazing bedsheets. Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) as Jane and intense Irish actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) as Mr Rochester have such electrifying chemistry it elevates the plain Jane into an object of desire. And yet Wasikowska is commendably subtle as Jane, the smallest nuances communicating emotion, while Fassbender musters the ideal combination of steeliness and passion and Dame Judi Dench creates a dependable observer in Mrs Fairfax.

Jane Eyre was always a tale of deceit, a theme this film dutifully portrays even if the unveiling of Rochester’s dark secret doesn’t quite shock as it could have done. But this Jane Eyre nonetheless maintains its gothic allure. It will no doubt send Bronte-virgins back to the books. Hide

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Excellent retelling of well trodden ground

Mark-Roulston Flicks Superstar (?)

Adapting a classic work of literature can be a risky prospect for any filmmaker, particularly when said work is as familiar and oft told as Jane Eyre (which, leaving aside the novel, has been filmed an astonishing twenty-one times according to IMDb). The question must be asked whether or not a new version is ever going to be necessary, for surely every aspect of the story has been explored on the screen already. Director Cary Fukunaga wisely chooses to play it fairly straight with this latest version of Jane Eyre, and what results is a moody and atmospheric film that hits all the right notes of the classic tale.

For a novel to be adapted repeatedly as Jane Eyre has speaks volumes about the quality of the source material, and as such it's probably unnecessary to delve into the story too much here. What Fukunaga brings to her version of the story however is a focus on certain themes in the novel, most notably that of deceit. The story is a very dark one, perhaps the best representation of Gothic literature ever created, and the notion of deceit looms over the narrative like the ever-present clouds over Thornfield Hall. Accused of deception at an early age by her benefactor, the villainous Mrs. Reed (Sally Hawkins), in fact Jane (Mia Wasikowska) herself appears to be the only pure and honest character in the story. However, though not in any way malicious, her life remains one of deception out of self-preservation. Wasikowska's Jane is every bit the plain and solitary young girl of Charlotte Bronte's novel, and her the mask she wears is of a person who wishes for nothing more than to blend into the background, not just at Thornfield, but in the world as a whole. There are rare occasions when she does voice her desire for more out of her existence than a life of servitude, but in the absence of any interior narration and without the luxury of the novel's pseudo-autobiographical, almost diary style, it's difficult to read Jane and understand her true nature. Only when she meets Rochester (Michael Fassbender), a man who sees through her deception to the passionate and ambitious core of her being, does Fukunaga expose the real Jane, and it's in these scenes that the film shines. Bronte's wonderful verbal sparring between Jane and Rochester remains intact, with many lines of dialogue lifted from the novel in their entirety, and the love between them blossoms from the novelty of each having an intellectual and moral equal.

Casting Wasikowska and Fassbender was an excellent choice on the part of Fukunaga, yet the rest of the cast also excel in the supporting roles. Most surprising is Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers, breaking away from his typical youth characters and showing real growth as a performer. Rivers functions as an almost polar opposite to Rochester, and Bell plays him as ineffectual and emotionless, precisely what Jane doesn't wish to become herself. When the moment comes for Jane to finally stand up to Rivers and choose between what she desires and what is 'proper', Bell delivers some of his finest work.

There are no doubt still going to be many people to debate whether audiences need another version of Jane Eyre, and obviously in a two-hour film there are going to be aspects of the novel deemed important by some that had to be left out. There is worth to the film though, and for people in search of a classic story told with genuinely suspenseful atmosphere fuelled by terrific performances, Jane Eyre more than fits the bill.



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Jane Eyre, nice.

steveisatree Flicks Superstar (?)

A brilliant film. Never reading the book or watching any of the previous adaptations ensures I can't compare it, making it a mysterious and powerful film. I am sure that this would still be the case if you already know the story.
The lighting, shots and acting all combine to make this a dark, beautiful film.


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pitch perfect

alex128 A-Lister (?)

Having once meant to read Jane Eyre and not ever starting, having just watched the film I am glad for it. I had no text to compare the film to and truth be told I was not familiar with the story. I have not come out of a film in so long and have been left tethered to the emotions, conflicts and journey of two characters more than Eyre and Rochester. The journey so satisfying and beautifully rendered by cinematography and stellar direction. Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender smoldered on screen together, such perfect chemistry between two actors I haven't seen in a long time.
I definitely recommend this film, especially those who might be put off by period piece drama. It is well worth it.


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Good Tribute To The Novel

BrionyJae Flicks Superstar (?)

Jane Eyre is one of my favourite novels, so understandably I was a wee bit cautious about this movie. Plus, so many versions have been made... however, I needn't have been worried!

This film was brilliantly done - the acting was spot on, and the Gothic features of the story were really portrayed very well :) For those of you who have read the novel, it will make you want to re-read it, and for those of you who haven't - well, I reckon you will be sooner or later :D Definitely a classic for a reason.


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Jane again.

filmlover Flicks Superstar (?)

There have been many large and small screen versions of this tale. This was not my favourite. Perhaps it's time to put the old girl to bed.

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Press Reviews

84% of critics recommend

Consensus: "Cary Fukunaga directs a fiery and elegant adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, and Mia Wasikowska delivers possibly the best portrayal of the title character ever."

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A.V. Club (USA)

This is a quiet, contemplative Jane Eyre, a childproofed one with all the pointed edges sanded off. Full review.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

Voluptuous visuals and ambitious art direction. Full review.

Empire (UK)

There’s no question it’s stunningly mounted, and Wasikowska makes a much stronger Jane than Alice, but the romance is overripe and the climax underdone. Full review.

Hollywood Reporter

Less melodramatic than most adaptations of this tough-minded story... Full review.

Los Angeles Times

With Fassbender's charisma igniting his costar as well as himself, these sparring interchanges, both captivating and entertaining, are where this Jane Eyre finally catches fire. Full review.

Rolling Stone

He [Fukunaga] has reanimated a classic for a new generation, letting Jane Eyre resonate with terror and tenderness. Full review.

Time Out (USA)

Melodrama done right: Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel is superbly adapted. Full review.

Total Film (UK)

A bold choice of director, striking visuals and a Rochester to rival Orson Welles’ ensures this doesn’t feel like just one more highbrow period piece or stodgy great-book adap. Full review.