Monday, 29 August 2011

Jane Eyre - a remake of a classic


The new film version of Jane Eyre is the stuff of Sunday evening TV - all comfy sofa and a large glass of red. Not a freezing screening room in the much-hyped and to be honest, greatly disappointing W hotel off Leicester Square. But I shouldn't complain as the film more than made up for the temperature of the screening room.

Tackling any great classic which has had so many incarnations is always going to be a tough call but I do believe that this latest incarnation from director,Cary Fukunaga, although not destined to necessarily be a great in it's own right, plays fair service to other adaptations and the book. Fans of Charlotte Bronte may feel they have left some of the depth of the story out, but overall the characters and the setting keep you enthralled for the full two hours.


For those of you who haven't read the book or seen one of the numerous films then Jane Eyre (the adult Jane played by Mia Wasikowska) is the story of a girl raised by her aunt Sarah after her parents die of typhus and shipped off to a dismal boarding school as punishment for her perceived insolence. Both her and her classmates suffer at the hands of the strict school staff. Turning 18 she leaves and finds work as governess for the ward of Edward Fairfax Rochester (played by Michael Fassbender). Rochester falls for her but on her wedding day she discovers his dark and awful secret....

Jane Eyre hits our cinemas on 7th September. Go for the cinematography which is beautiful, for the romantic storyline and the ubiquitous appearance in any costume drama of Judy Dench as the housekeeper... Michael Fassbender is brooding and magnificent, Mia Wasikowska is pale and ghostlike but brings an inner steel to the character. Worth a look....






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