4/17/11

Saw the latest Jane Eyre adaptation  last night and loved it. So well cast and beautifully shot. Even in moments with very little dialogue, I was so absorbed in Jane's world that I was drinking up every extra minute. Though the purpose of this movie wasn't to hit every single plot point and character in the book, I didn't mind at all. This film stands well on its own.

Some folks thought this version wasn't nearly dark enough, but I didn't seem to take that away myself. Maybe I'm just a wuss for suspense, but I thought the script blended in the book's Gothic elements well. In the medium of film, I think there's a danger of being too heavy-handed with it. I wouldn't want Gothicism to overtake the story and overshadow Jane's thoughtful, progressive insights and the honest, beautiful interplay between the lead characters. Plus, the theme of loneliness and isolation are very present in this film, which although not dark in the Gothic sense, definitely captured the oppressive grayness that I strongly felt in the book. 

The only thing I was disappointed by was that they didn't include the gypsy scene! That's totally the teenager in me that wanted to see it play out, but I can see why they didn't include it. In the book, I was as surprised as Jane was to find out who the gypsy really was, but in the movie, having a guy try to pull off a female gypsy convincingly would just come off comically. 
*Photos: Focus Features

6 comments:

hip hip gin gin said...

I'm so glad to hear you liked it, this is definitely on my list of films to see!!

Gabriella {sensiblyluxe} said...

A dear friend of mine has been dying to see this! I'm passing your review along.

Kimia Kline said...

man i love that book!

Beatriz Craven... That Girl in Pearls said...

I just might have to watch it now! I'm not usually into the whole "Victorian" era thing, but I adore Mia Wasikowska. She is brilliant!

Hope you are having a wonderful week, Love!
B.

That Girl in Pearls

Sweet Emilia Jane said...

oh man i want to see this so badly! i've only recently read jane eyre for the first time...i know, where have i been?...but it has become one of my favorites. this looks like it will be a well done adaptation.

nice to meet you today by the way!

thewaltz said...

Great finally meeting you too, Emilia! Looking forward to working together. :)