Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Jane Eyre

On Saturday the 17th, we caught a matinee of the new "Jane Eyre" film and were very pleased with it. We both thought Mia Wasikowska was perfectly cast as Jane, and Michael Fassbender also excellent in the role of Rochester. Since the two of them essentially carry the movie, this was of vital importance and worked out very well. We thought the screenplay adaptation by Moira Buffini to be the definitive version of Charlotte Bronte's ground-breaking novel so far, even though the movie starts with the weeping Jane's flight from Northfield, and the story is then told largely in flashback until events catch up.

The production looks just right in settings, clothing, and lighting, with the dim wintry rooms of Northfield being very effective. There was also an excellent supporting cast, lead by Dame Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax, and Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers.

Highly recommended for fans of Bronte, gothics, romances, or period pieces generally.

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