Jane Eyre is the latest adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel about a young governess who is able to soften the heart of her harsh employer, only to find he has a terrible secret.
No word yet on how closely the film will follow the novel, but the novel goes through a handful of different parts. First, you see Jane Eyre in her youth where she is impoverished and her aunt and cousins abuse her. Like Cinderella, only more depressing.
The story continues with Eyre getting her education at school, and then her time as a governess. It’s at this time that she falls in love with Edward Rochester. Next she goes to another family and is proposed to by some dude (real name) and then old Mr. Rochester comes back and they get back together. Happily ever after.
I’ve heard it’s good. But it sounds like a chick flick.
This version of Jane Eyre is being directed by Cary Fukunaga, who has had a lot of work making documentaries. Great. Lets entrust a classic novel to a dude who main credits involve documentaries. What’s that? He should still know what he’s doing, since the movie will have a nice realism to it? Oh, he wasn’t the director of all those documentaries. He was the cinematographer. That’s like the water boy compared to the quarterback.
Okay, so it isn’t really like the water boy, but still, this is a classic novel. When they made Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley, they got Joe Wright. And that was awesome. My love of Ms. Knightley has little to do with my opinion. That movie just moved me. You know?
Jane Eyre Trailer
Movie Release Date
March 11, 2011.
Who’s In It?
Michael Fassbender … Edward Rochester
Mia Wasikowska … Jane Eyre
Imogen Poots … Blanche Ingram
Jamie Bell … St. John
Judi Dench … Mrs. Fairfax
Sally Hawkins … Mrs. Reed
Charlotte Bronte used the pen name of Currer Bell when she originally published Jane Eyre.
The other 20 versions of Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights
What’s Good About It?
I read the book a long time ago, and I don’t remember it all that well. I remember it not being that all that good, but I was a teenager back then. Meaning stupid. If I read something and it didn’t start with “Dear Penthouse letters” then I generally thought it was boring.
What’s Bad About It?
I don’t trust the director with a film of this magnitude. There are some good actors in this, specifically Michael Fassbender, and not getting a qualified director could really screw this up.
Our Clever Prediction
I’m nervous making any prediction this far out. A solid trailer could convince me there’s some potential, but up until then I just don’t know. I look at a film like this and think of how beautifully it could be shot, but it needs a strong director guiding it. I can’t help but feel that the critics are going to rip it apart. If so, the box office will be terrible.
Of course, it could fill more seats if it started with “Dear Penthouse letters…”