Jane Eyre (in theaters now)

3 05 2011

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2 hrs.
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%, 7.5/10

I can’t help but think Charlotte Bronte would have been pleased with the most recent remake of her novel Jane Eyre. The film holds true to the gothic themes of the novel and does not fail to portray Jane in the same plain and yet heroic light in which Bronte’s original work depicts her. I only wish everyone that sees this movie could also have the background of the novel because, as in all movies based on novels, it leaves out key elements that only heighten the images and emotions it so adeptly paints in film. Still, as though Bronte needed any help in making her characters come to life, Jane Eyre the movie does just that, as the actors and actresses even make direct quotes from the novel.

As for the film itself, the shots of the English moors, the deep, simply and somehow striking performance of Mia Wasikowska (Jane), and the well weaved plot line (slightly different from the original in its use of flashbacks) makes this film a must see for any Victorian enthusiasts like myself.

It is a pity we cannot read the book and watch the film simultaneously because I feel it would most adequately display the true nature of the masterpiece. But in the end, the film is like a single painting of Charlotte Bronte’s novel…a single, magnificently composed painting.

Playing at the Ragtag in Columbia, Missouri

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