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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre
Wednesday March 30th, 2011

The Charlotte Bronte 1847 classic Jane Eyre is back for another go around courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska as Eyre, Michael Fassbender as Rochester and Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax. Why another version? In an interview Moira Buffini who wrote this adaptation for BBC Films said that perhaps it's because women still dream and are still asking themselves why can't they see beyond the horizon.

This is the most modern approach to Jane Eyre I've seen. Usually in these Victorian Gothic dramas we feel as if there are centuries of enlightenment between us and the characters but in this film Buffini gives us a heroine who is on the cusp of modernity. Mia Wasikowska is excellent as Eyre, a strong, independent woman who isn't broken by the lousy treatment she receives from an aunt entrusted with raising her and then from sadistic schoolmasters in whose custody she has been abandoned. In her scenes with Rochester she seems his equal in all but social station.

Will Hughes-Jones' production design and Adriano Goldman's cinematography help makes this a first class production.