Jane Eyre 2011 is a fresh twist on Bronte’s tale
Jane Eyre (PG) 3/5
�Another film of Jane Eyre? After more than 20 screen versions what can possibly be added to Charlotte Bronte’s story? Well, in this case, the director of Sin Nombre offers us a vibrant, moody skim through Bronte’s tale that sweeps fresh new energy into its well worn twists and turns.
The two leads are excellent. Fassbender has now ascended to the level of sure thing; a performer who will excel in any role he is thrown. He is perfect for costume drama as he has a great gift for being mannered and yet passionate. Wasikowska’s unsmiling Jane is both disconcertingly childlike and abruptly assertive.
Fukunaga’s version of Eyre plays up the gothic angle but it’s an unusual gothic, a dowdy gothic. Thornfield Hall is a dark and forbidding place, but in a lived-in way.
The sense of isolation, of being trapped by the long bleak winters is palpable. So much of it is dank and grey you could catch a chill just looking at it. This is an historical drama which feels like it is being lived rather than recreated.
You may also want to watch:
All in all this is very superior package: marvellously played, lovely music and beautiful to look at. Yet though Jane Eyre may be a fabulous film, it may not necessarily be a fabulous film of Jane Eyre.
Fans of the book should appreciate the way a selection of its pages have been realised, but afterwards I was checking the internet because I emerged with only hints and suspicions about what it was really about. I was enthralled by the telling, but not the tale.
- 1 Primrose Hill to close at night this weekend after antisocial behaviour
- 2 Calls for law change after Highgate School sexual abuse allegations
- 3 Prince Philip's funeral: Camden firm Levertons to make arrangements
- 4 Hampstead, Highgate and Primrose Hill beer gardens reopening on April 12
- 5 The questions council 'must answer' after spending £23m on £10m office
- 6 Prince Philip remembered in pictures: London Zoo visits and trips to the theatre
- 7 'Negligence put lives at risk': £10k fine after fire at unlicensed HMO
- 8 How a 'terrifying' Hampstead spree of robberies was brought to an end
- 9 Revealed: How council paid £23m for an office block valued at £10m
- 10 Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Wait for second verdict could last 'until Easter'