Most of us are familiar with the story of Jane Eyre. It’s based on a classic novel by world renowned author Charlotte BrontÃ«. It’s a classic story of a young girl living in old England and the struggles that she has to go through. Women today are the equals of men. But in the past it wasn’t always the case. Women were more servants to men and were expected to act a certain way. But every once in a while a woman with a stronger soul would emerge.
The film is directed by Cary Fukunaga and stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre. From a young age, Eyre was mistreated by her aunt. She had two other children and only reluctantly cared for Jane Eyre at the request of her deceased husband, who was Jane’s Uncle. Because she wants nothing to do with her, she sends her to a girl’s boarding school that will teach her to be good.
So she spends the majority of her childhood at this boarding school and when she leaves, she leaves to become a governess at a man’s estate. That man is Mr. Rochester, played by Michael Fassbender. He’s a good man, but a little stiff, and he bears a terrible secret that no one knows about. Also at his estate is a woman that assists called Mrs. Fairfax (Judi Dench).
Eventually Mr. Rochester begins to develop feelings toward Jane, especially since she’s not really like any woman he’s ever met. She’s strong willed and determined. She also has quite the sense of sarcasm within her. The two fall in love, but eventually his secret comes out and it threatens to tear them apart.
This is a love story. It’s definitely a movie that is going to be geared more towards women but it’s a movie everyone can appreciate.
I really enjoyed Mia Wasikowska’s performance in this film. She did a very good job and impresses me as a young actress. She did a very good job in Alice in Wonderland and continues to impress me here. Michael Fassbender also does a very good job in this film. The two of them have excellent chemistry in this film. I genuinely felt as though there was a connection between the two of them.
Judi Dench is wonderful in this film as well. She’s a complete legend and I haven’t seen a film in which I haven’t appreciated her in a role. She definitely shines here as well.
The pacing of the film was good. I rarely checked the time and felt as though the story was set up appropriately. The one issue I had with the film is that the beginning of the film starts rather near the end of the film and shortly after the beginning we get a series of flashbacks. It’s a little confusing, but easily overcome.
This is the one film opening this weekend that is more romantic and will appeal to the date crowd. It’s got the right amount of romance and if you’re looking to go out with a girl this weekend then this is the movie for you.
FINAL GRADE: B
Reel Film News Movie Review by Bill Ayres