Jane Eyre 2011

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Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender star in the romantic drama based on Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, from acclaimed director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre). In the story, Jane Eyre flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester. As she reflects upon the people and emotions that have defined her, it is clear that the isolated and imposing residence - and Mr. Rochester's coldness - have sorely tested the young woman's resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. She must now act decisively to secure her own future and come to terms with the past that haunts her - and the terrible secret that Mr. Rochester is hiding and that she has uncovered...

Starring:
Michael Fassbender, Emily Haigh
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Jane Eyre

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Michael Fassbender, Emily Haigh, Imogen Poots, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell
Director Cary Fukunaga
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 12 March 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Michael Fassbender, Emily Haigh, Imogen Poots, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell
Director Cary Fukunaga
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 12 March 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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134 of 142 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This film had been well reviewed before I went to see it, and I expected it to be good. In effect, it exceeded expectations. It is generally true to the spirit of the novel and does not 'mess about' with it at all, though the chronology is changed - we start (very dramatically) with Jane's flight from Thornfield after the aborted 'wedding' and learn about her troubled past through flashback. That works fine. Her time at Lowood is rather briefly dealt with, but the essence is caught and the scenes with Helen Burns are moving. The film is often very beautiful visually, with breathtaking scenes of Jane standing alone at crosstracks wondering which way to go, crossing a huge moorland landscape alone as darkness threatens, making her way through misty trees to post letters (and thereby meeting Rochester), of Rochester hurrying after her over a bridge to propose (a scene echoed rather poignantly later), of Jane's lonely schoolhouse in late evening, of Jane in a darkened room trying to view a framed drawing by candlelight. The film is particularly good in the 'Gothic' scenes by night at Thornfield, where strange sounds - laughter, screams - are heard and Jane makes her way along corridors to investigate ; indeed, the reality of day-to-day living in a place like Thornfield in the mid 19th. century is very well conveyed.

Jane's relationship with Rochester - on the face of it, an unlikely one - is, of course, a central pillar of the novel, and in this film it pretty well works. That it does so is the result of some clever scripting (the script echoes nicely Charlotte Bronte's words at many points) and some very good work from Mia Wasikowska (Jane) and Michael Fassbender (Rochester).
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
I have to say I absolutely adored this film. It tells the story of Jane Eyre, hired as Governess to a French child in a rather odd Yorkshire household, owned by the mysterious Mr. Rochester. The centrepiece of the story is the development of the relationship between Jane and Rochester, which changes gradually from master/servant to mutual respect and understanding to an impassioned love, and the obstacles that are thrown in their path by Rochester's capricious nature and secret past.

The film works on several levels - the actors do a splendid job of portraying the characters and what passes between them, both spoken and unspoken. Mia Wasikowska is especially impressive as Jane, with her quiet dignity, inner strength and sense of resolve. An ordinary woman, but one whose spell it would be easy to fall under. Also the sense of atmosphere the director has managed to imbue the piece with is quite something. You get a real sense of the loneliness and bleakness of Jane's life, seemingly represented by the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Moors. You feel the darkness of Rochester's house, the sense of secrets lurking under the surface, the unease in the surroundings. You feel the joy and light when Jane and Rochester finally get it together, and the intense pain as his past prevents their union. It's a great piece of film making, and really does justice to Charlotte Bronte's great book.

5 stars, no hesitation.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
I saw this film a couple of weeks ago, but yesterday I went to Cheltenham Literature Festival and I saw the screen writer, Moira Buffini, talk about how she adapted this work of classic literature to the screen. Having now heard how she made the decisions that she did, it has made me want to return to the film to see it with new eyes.

For lovers of the novel, please don't come to this film expecting everything to be the same. As Moira explained, trying to condense a novel of 500 odd pages into a two hour film, you have to realise that some things are going to have to be sacrificed or altered slightly. Also, as the novel is told in the first person narrative style, a screen writer has the unenviable task of puttin into images what is going on internally for the main character. As Moira said, showing a young woman crying in a garden has a completely different feel to showing a crying woman on a moor. Without giving too much away, Moira decided to begin the film with Jane fleeing Thornfield, so that we are then pulled straight into her story. In this way, we see that Jane is a mystery to the Rivers family, but also we see her as being emotionally open to us. Moira also explained why she chose to use so little of the scenes with Bertha that they shot - if you see the film, you will notice that Bertha does not appear very much at all. As Moira explained, Bertha was not known to Jane; she only became fully aware of her existence when she marries Rochester. Also, she wanted to present Bertha as a mad woman, not a monster.

I really enjoyed this adaptation. It is certainly refreshing to see actors of the right age playing the roles of Rochester and Jane. Do not come to this film expecting it to be exactly like the novel - it can't be. But is a damn good adaptation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP on 17 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
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Jane Eyre has stuck in my head for the last week -- its tranquility and beauty, along with its intriguing female-driven tale, has captured my interest. Over the last year, I've only reached halfway through Bronte's novel (sometimes I can be an extremely slow/lazy reader) - but Fukunaga's adaption is something to be reckoned with.

Fukunaga crafts a visually alluring film - from the cinematography to the way scenes are shot just so carefully, the gloominess of this gothic period drama are just wonderfully encapsulated. From the rain/moor scenes to the close-ups of the actors, Fukunaga creates such a suitable tone throughout his film. Dario Marianelli (one of my favourite film composers) once again writes a great score, but compared to his Atonement and Pride & Prejudice scores, it is much more subtle - allowing the air of mystery and a darker romance to resonate through non-diegetic sounds.

One of my favourite aspects about this adaption is how well cast the characters are. Mia Wasikowska exhibits why she is one of the more under-appreciated actresses of today; with few words spoken, the majority of her acting stems from the emotions from her eyes. Such a nuanced performance, but she does justice to Bronte's strong-willed character. Wasikowska's chemistry with Michael Fassbender is just chillingly bewitching - and such spot on casting in both respects, elevate this film to new depths.

Fukunaga's Jane Eyre lacks the more edgier and darkness aspects encompassed in the novel, however with its visually beautiful scenes, and wonderful casting - it's a worthy watch.
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