Friday, April 22, 2011

Jane Eyre...and The Film That Finally Does It Justice

Of course most all the adaptations of Jane Eyre have been pretty good, but often one thing is sacrificed for another. Purists want as much as the prose as possible so the result translates a bit clunkily to film.

Then some films rewrite the dialogue to some degree and focus on the acting (especially over-acting) , or try to modernize it into something it was never meant to be.

Somehow director Cary Fukunaga managed to compress the story without losing anything, and by allowing particular bits of prose, the sublime acting, the lighting and directing, even the silence and wind, to help tell the story, it allows the soul of Jane Eyre to come through in a way that is breathtaking and riveting to behold.

This was, to me, by far the most brilliant treatment of the novel I have ever seen. Mia Wasikowska is Jane. Michael Fessbender is Rochester (and also this guy). Dame Judi Dench was just the cherry on top. The story was set up in a different way that gave it a fresh feel without losing a thing.

I can't highly recommend a film more. For whatever stupid reason, this film is of a limited release. I had to drive 50 miles to see it on nearly $4/gal gas, but was it ever worth it!

Le sigh.

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