Wahoo! After months of waiting, I finally saw Jane Eyre. I made sure I bought it the day it came out on DVD. Then I waited to watch it when I had both Me Time and appropriate snacks. That moment happened Monday night.
Wow, it was beautiful. Beautiful costumes, beautiful spooky old houses and the Moors. Mia Waskowska was lovely (maybe too lovely) and Michael Fassbender... humina, humina... The scene with Helen Burns made me cry. I thought how the movie started- Jane running from Thornfield- was a nice touch. Also, one of the most perplexing parts of Bronte's story, Jane's 'instant family', was tinkered with in a way that is more palatable to a modern (skeptical) audience. The deleted scenes- more Jane Eyre, yay!
Things that Made Me Say Hmm...
St John. He was way nicer than I remember and where was his lady friend?
The last scene with Mrs Fairfax. What was that all about?
Things I Wanted More Of...
Mrs Reed wasn't jerky enough for my liking.
More Bertha needed.
More kissy-kissy too.
I know only so much of the story can be put into 2 hours but I wanted more of everything!
It was very hard not to compare this film to the mini-series of a few years ago, which I loved. I know that's not really fair, but I did really enjoy this one too. I'll be watching it again and again.
Have you seen it? What did you think?