Director: Cary Fukunaga
STARRING: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Judi Dench
After first reading about this film back in November 2010, it has certainly been a long time coming.
Starring Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Inglorious Basterds, X-Men: First Class) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right), it is the latest adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic love story.
After leaving school, Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) begins work at Thornfield Hall, as the governess of Adele Varens, a young French girl who is the ward of the master of the house, Edward Rochester. As Jane and Mr Rochester spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for each other. However, Mr Rochester is hiding a terrible secret that threatens their happiness…
Wasikowska’s portrayal of Jane is spot on. Jane is a reserved, polite young girl with a strong moral compass, and Wasikowska captures her personality very well. Fassbender makes a good Mr Rochester, though I wasn’t completely sold by their relationship. The passion between them wasn’t as strong as I had hoped.
Visually, Jane Eyre looks fantastic. Haddon Hall, previously used in a BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre, makes a great Thornfield Hall. The costumes, designed by Academy Award winner Michael O’Connor (The Duchess), are wonderful and Jane’s dresses are suitably plain.
While I did enjoy the film, I was left disappointed. It lacked the passion I was hoping for. It was a little too restrained for my liking. Perhaps this has something to do with the PG (PG-13 in the USA) rating, I’m not sure. It is undoubtedly a classy film, however, and Wasikowska shines in the starring role.