I’m just going to pop this out in the open right now. Ever since I first read it at the tender age of about thirteen, Jane Eyre has been my favourite books. But this post is going to be mostly about the movie, which I saw today.
It’s always dangerous, isn’t it? Going to see the movie of a book that you can recite large passages out of, or that you relate strongly to one (or some) of the characters. To be honest, if I wasn’t so impressed with the cast of this particular version of the story, then there is no way I would have gone to see it. No way. But… Judi Dench! Michael Fassbender! I haven’t seen much of Mia Wasikowska’s oeuvre – sadly, she is the weakest link for me, I didn’t really like her in Alice in Wonderland, or in Defiance, but I’m trying to put that aside and see how I go. But having said that, visually she’s a good choice for Jane, I think. Not horrible looking, just pale and weird-looking (in a nice way). Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers I’m having a slightly difficult time imagining too, but again, I’ll see how I go.
I’m really interested in how they handle some of the more brutal elements in the story – the scene in the church, the crossing the moors in the darkness, St. John’s proposal, the fire. As usual, all the nasty stuff. The treatment of Adele will be quite interesting too (Jane bonds with her so strongly in the book that the chemistry between the two actresses will be very important).
There’s a strong class struggle in Jane Eyre as well – Jane constantly wonders at Rochester, because she thinks she can bring nothing to their union (well, not money or title, anyway). So that will be interesting. I’m going with my Lad, against his will, I might add (though I’ve been to see Transformers 3 with him, so he kind of owes me), so I’ll be interested to see if he enjoys it or not. Be warned, that if you’re thinking of seeing Jane Eyre there are some spoilers after this jump. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.