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Jane Eyre

March 25, 2013

Jane Eyre (2011)
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Actors: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench

Jane Eyre

Synopsis: Jane Eyre (Amelia Clarkson/Mia Wasikowska) – an orphan who suffers an attritional upbringing with a hideous aunt and at a severe boarding school – winds up as governess at Thornfield Hall. The master there, Mr Rochester (Michael Fassbender), begins to develop an attachment to Jane, but he harbours a dark secret….

Review: It really is hard to find a fault with this latest adaptation of Jane Eyre. It’s certainly one of the most tonally stringent films I’ve seen in recent years. Everything – from costume, production design, photography, to even the finely-modulated performances – play into the director’s concentric vision of the austerity and repression at the heart of “Jane Eyre”The palette of the film reflects that repression evocatively with its canvas of gloomy blacks, greys and muted blues – punctuated only by the fiery red skies on the night that Jane flees Thornfield Hall.

In all honesty, I’ve always found it hard to get overly excited about the themes and morals of “Jane Eyre”. Its doomed gothic romanticism does require some indulgence, and I must confess that within ten minutes of the film ending, it had completely faded from my mind. That’s not to overlook though, the pleasure gained from passing two enjoyable hours in the company of this consummate piece of period cinema craftsmanship. (March 2013)

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