Movie review: Jane Eyre
I have watched many versions of Jane Eyre and the latest one (2011) is definitely not not my favourite. That still remains the 2006 BBC mini series (link) with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson.
I ordered my copy and eagerly awaited its arrival. So when it came on Friday I sat down and watched it and sadly it didn't live up to my expectations. Firstly, I am not a fan of Mia Wasikowski (even if she went to school with my son!), I didn't like her in Alice in Wonderland and I didn't her like in this. I really can't put my finger on why, but I just didn't connect. I also felt the chemistry between her character and that of Mr Rochester was lacking, or certainly not as strong as the chemistry that appears in the 2006 mini series. This needs to be strong to hold the story together. Perhaps due to the speed it raced through the book, the characters didn't have time to develop anything, especailly their romantic connect.
When a book is turned into a film, it is always difficult to capture the essences of the book within 2 hours (and 1 min!). This film felt like snippets of the book without a strong connect between each scene, it lacked the depth of the book. It also starts with Jane running away from Thornfield after her "wedding" and skips backwards and forwards within the first 30 mins, but then doesn't return to the those later scenes until the end. Quite different to other versions of Jane Eyre . . . I did wonder if it was done this way in an attempt to make create something "different". I didn't think it worked at all well.
And sadly it didn't end as the book ends, in fact it ends very abruptly and Jane wasn't even able to say "I can be your eyes, I will see for you". I was rather disappointed. Dull is perhaps the word I would use to sum up this film - it didn't compel me to watch it again anytime soon. When I want to watch Jane Eyre, I will return to my favourite version or read the book!
I give the film three stars as the acting was fine and the scenery and music were good.