Thursday, 15 September 2011

Jane Eyre, 2011

The long-awaited new Jane Eyre film! It's good and bad in its own ways. I like Mia Wasikowska's Jane Eyre, she is plain enough and yet lives up to the image of Jane. Michael Fassbender is also very similar to what Mr Rochester's like in my mind - but he is of course a lot more handsome than how he's described in the book. My idea of the two are probably 'polluted' by a simplified version of the novel I first read when I was in primary school. There were pictures of the two characters from some film / TV adaptation in that book, and I remember staring at the pictures for a long time and my heart aching for their love and the torture felt by both of them! And of course, we all tend to beautify and romanticise characters in love stories...

What I don't like about this version is how things develop too quickly without enough details. Of course, given that it's a film there cannot be too many details, but in my opinion there are way too many that have been left out and their absence renders the film a bit rushed. I also don't like the ending of this film - what about their plain but happy life ever after? Of course I'm not expecting a faithful copying of 'Reader, I married him', but I would love to see how they settle into their quiet but joyful married life.

Well, I suppose I can't have it all. It's an adaptation that's lived up to my expectation of the two characters, and for that alone I should be happy!

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