Jane Eyre

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

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I've been getting a lot of requests to review the new Jane Eyre film ever since I mentioned I'll be speaking in a pre-screening premiere panel on it. I have seen the film and I absolutely loved it. I thought it was intelligent, visually evocative, well-acted and sensitive. I also think it lived up to the strength of Jane's words in the novel:

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.

-Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, p. 317.

I have so much to say about this version of Jane Eyre, especially as I've seen just about every film version of the novel. But alas, I'll have to keep my thoughts and ideas to myself for the time being as they belong within the pages of my book and I can't reveal them till it's published next year. Thanks so much for all the lovely emails requesting a review though, I'm sorry I can't offer a full one at this stage. I will say this though: the actress who plays Jane, Mia Wasikowska, is just astounding. I only wish half the actresses out there had her ability to capture emotion so well, and displayed her level of depth. I don't think this film would have been quite as memorable without her performance.

All images are from here and are copyrighted to Focus Features.

17 comments:

Danielle P. said...

Although not a full review, your comments here are enough to make me very eager to see this adaptation when it is released on DVD... and to read your book when it is published!

naomemandeflores said...

The cinematography looks stunning. Can't wait to watch it! And to read your book!


Camila Faria

Olga said...

I have really enjoyed reading your post. And I enjoyed seeing these scenes from the movie - some of my favourites. I was waiting for you to see this movie and write about it.

Sasha said...

When I first heard that this adaption was coming out I have to admit that I was not thoroughly excited. I'm very particular about Jane Eyre and a bad theater experience left me with a sour taste in my mouth as far as some adaptions go.

The more I see and hear of this movie, however, the more I find myself wanting to see it. I've yet to hear anything bad even in a passing mention and your words, though not a full review, only add to my desire to see this film.

Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to find it in theaters here in the U.S. anymore. I guess I'll have to wait for a dvd release.

katie said...

isn't mia wasikowska delicious? everything she does is spot on...but unexpected. does that make sense?
i've loved her ever since she played the suicidal gymnast on the h.b.o. show "in treatment". giant career ahead of her i hope.
i missed j.e. here in the theaters...looking forward to watching it at home though...no interruptions from fellow seatmates.

Rambling Tart said...

Love these stunning images, Hila. :-) Can't wait to see this version. I love the book so much and it's delightful to find film versions of the story that aren't a disappointment. :-)

Blue Fruit said...

Just from these stills, it looks as if the film may well capture the quiet poignancy of the book.

tywo said...

I cannot wait to see this adaptation. You make it seem so beautiful, and the images are lovely. Have fun speaking about it.


LOVE!

gracia said...

I love that Charlotte Brontë quote... "I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself."

It, like your blog in general, was just what I needed to read today as I sit here working away. I see that this film is screening as part of the MIFF lineup. I will be booking my tickets as soon as I can on Friday. Wee hee!

g xo

SJ said...

i think Mia Wasikowska is perfect for this role and i love michael fassbender as well. Initially i wasn't really keen to see this but I've changed my mind after reading the reviews. Now i'm looking forward to it!

Louise said...

Now I really can't wait to see this. xolj

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

These images remind me of the aesthetic beauty of this film. I'm so happy I saw it on the big screen. I fully agree, Mia was astounding.

hila said...

danielle: thanks!

camila: it is indeed stunning.

olga: I'm just bursting with ideas about this film. My natural reaction is to share them, but I'll have to restrain that reaction at this stage.

sasha: I'm just generally interested in how novels are interpreted by different film-makers and also, in different contexts and time-periods, so I guess I'm not too particular about it, just curious :) But this was a fabulous adaptation - not just visually, but thematically as well.

katie: yes, she is just that! There's something so honest about her too.

rambling tart: I think you'll like it :)

blue fruit: it does indeed!

tywo: thank you, I shall try to have fun, rather than being nervous :)

gracia: lucky you, tell me all about the MIFF! and thanking you kindly for your words.

sj: I was sceptical too, but I've been won over.

louise: enjoy! xx

denise: me too, it felt even more impressive on the big screen.

Maggie said...

I agree with this completely. A beautiful film all around, but it was Miss Wasikowska that made it great. The quiet strength she brought to the role made me re-think some of my earlier readings of the novel. I am excited to see anything she does after this.

andrea despot said...

i agree with everything you've said so far about this film! visually stunning and smartly portrayed :) you have no idea how much i want to see it again!

Ella said...

i'm glad you liked it, i really did too! and isn't mia wasikowska wonderful? her performance blew me away! i don't think her true talent really came through in alice in wonderland, but she was just amazing in this film!

hila said...

maggie: me too, she's fantastic!

andrea: I really want to see it again as well :)

ella: I totally agree!