Jane Eyre (2011): My Thoughts

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.

Good Stuff

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?


  1. I did see it, and I really liked it. I haven't seen the other one, mind you, and I've only read the book once, so my Jane knowledge is rather limited. I know in the book I hated when she was with St John, and that whole section, so in the movie, it didn't seem to last as long. Good call on splitting that up.
    Loved Mr Rochester.

  2. I haven't seen it and didn't realize it's out on DVD - I'll have to look for it.

  3. I really want to see this. I should buy a copy when I am out later.

  4. Yes to more Bertha!

  5. I just felt like they left too much out and added some weird things, plus both Rochester and Jane were way too beautiful. I highly prefer the mini-series version with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson (I think that was their names, I'm bad with actors).

  6. Can't WAIT to see this one! Maybe I can sneak it in after Greyson's bedtime sometime this weekend.

  7. Raidergirl- The mini-series is really, really good.

    Amanda- Aren't they always too beautiful? It's like Hollywood can't stand to see ugly people in love.

    Jill- Bertha!

    Kelly, Kathy & Andi- Yes, see it!

  8. I loved this one too. I do love the miniseries a bit more, but this one was a great 2 hour version.

  9. i enjoyed this adaptation. on a superficial note, i enjoyed m. fassbender especially.

    i think that mia w. brought a real quiet serenity to her jane and her face held such interesting features and stolen glances.

    like the 2005 pride and prejudice, i think this adaptations act as an easily accessible representation to the uninitiated ( those teenie twi-hards will LOVE its gothic undertones) ; but for those of us who want our story to drag languidly out and hit on all of the notes we love about the novel this, like the keira knightley p and p is no substitute for a rambling BBC miniseries.

    Thus, I much prefer the toby stephens-- but this comes in second as favourite jane eyre adaptations (i have seen so many!)


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