#225 / 365 – ‘Jane Eyre’ – 120 mins
Cinema Challenge #88 / 115
Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). The isolated and imposing residence — and Mr. Rochester’s coldness — have sorely tested the young woman’s resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. As Jane reflects upon her past and recovers her natural curiosity, she will return to Mr. Rochester – and the terrible secret that he is hiding…
Jane Eyre is like Hamlet there are countless stage, film and television adaptations of the source material, that you may wonder if the world needs yet another version (to which I’ve only ever watched one) of Charlotte Bronte’s enduring classic novel. Nonetheless this adaptation directed by Cary Fukunaga (‘Sin Nombre’) should employ a certain aesthetic quality you’d come to expect from a period film, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s exquisitely mounted in its palette of bright colours and moody shades of grey cinematography by Adriano Goldman, which accompany the haunting score perfectly.