Oct 4, 2011

Jane Eyre, 2011

Jane Eyre, 2011
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell

Stage: Local theatre, with one of my best girlfriends - her pick

Jane Eyre in short:
After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meets the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever?

Preps: None in perticular. I am familiar with the novel and the content. However, I am curious, as the critics were very positive about the piece. The drama and love content should suit me well, and I am eager to see the movie reproduction of one of the greatest love romances ever written.

Reality: Jane Eyre fills me with strong feelings. On one side, the hatred towards the kind of bringing up that was normal for that period, on other side the yearning this woman feels when being inlove with the master she (for normal standards) never could have hoped for to win. The devastation that childhood brings into her soul reveals many years afterwards and reflects in her character.

A truly good interpretation, directly (strictly) following the book, as if the book was providing guidelines. In other aspect, if you don't read the book, the looking of the movie will provide you with the feeling you have - in some sense rarely we see such a smooth copy paste of the script and so deep emotional cast as in this case. Because we have nothing to compare the reality with (the reality of that time I mean by that), we need to assume that Austen gave us a rare and true glance at the circumstances in which a woman was brought up in those times - along with the fact that they were not treated equally or even close to that, that the love was mostly pre-arranged and marriages followed what the position of a person could afford.

In some sense, the true meaning of Jane for me is in her liberated mind and ways she picks to fight the system, in some sense making a strong example for every female person that feels that she has lost her way and needs to pull some strenght out of something that seems beyond the dreams. On the other aspect, the fulfilling a true love will according to the piece come, if you yearn long enough to get it. And furthermore, if you don't deny who you really want to be and strive for it, it will come eventually.

Brilliant setting, good cast, all the good pluses I need in a movie. And inspirational music to go along with this. A strong must-see!

My personal rate: 8,5 (a strong piece, worthy of seeing. However I doubt many male population will embrace this. Hard to admit, but it suits to girls' nature much more. I could be wrong, and there are some enthusiasts to prove me wrong :)

Jane Eyre on IMDB

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