Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre

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

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...

Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots

Directed by
Cary Fukunaga ('Sin Nombre')

Written by
Moira Buffini

(M) contains adult themes | Adaptation, Drama, Romance | UK | Official Website


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Average rating 4 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

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good story

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I loved this movie so much it inspired me to start reading classic novels

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Average rating 4 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

A.V. Club (USA)

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

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Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

Voluptuous visuals and ambitious art direction.

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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.

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Hollywood Reporter

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

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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.

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Rolling Stone

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

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Time Out (USA)

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

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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.

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Variety (USA)

The subtle visual inflections and deliberately constricted performances contribute to a slow-burn effect that compels up to a point.

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Village Voice (USA)

A subtly shaded, yet emotionally devastating, examination of what it really means to choose one’s own way.

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Flicks.co.nz "Jane Eyre" Movie Review

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Rebecca Barry Hill, Flicks.co.nz

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.

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.

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