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Suffers From Flat Dialogue and Performances,
This review is from: Jane Eyre (Complete 1983 BBC Adaptation) [DVD] (DVD)Whilst this adaptation of 'Jane Eyre' is probably the most faithful it lacks vitality and is an overall flat interpretation. Timothy Dalton makes a suitably imposing Rochester and gives a very good performance though he is prone to theatricality and over-acting at times. Zelah Clarke's Jane is flat and insipid and captures none of Jane's fire and passion, in fact it is difficult to see why Rochester would fall for her at all.
Plots like the house party are brushed over quickly, so Blanche Ingram never feels like a real threat to Jane at all. Adele is also rarely shown so we hardly ever see Jane doing what she is paid for. The sets are so sound-stage bound that they make the production feel claustrophobic and really show it's age.
However, as well as Dalton, the actor who plays St John Rivers is very good and Zelah Clarke does begin to show some spark towards the end, but it is unfortunately too little, too late.