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.
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