A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, and Jamie Bell
Initial Review by Blair Setnor
Finally, the reason I picked this was because a small place in my brain remembered that I enjoyed reading the first part of the book my junior year of high school. I remember being disappointed by the end, but from my list of prospects the trailer won me.
Overall I found this film boring. While I thought Jane was brave, I didn't have exceptional feelings or empathy for her character. While I admired her decisions, I would have liked to understand them. Neither did I care for Rochester. I wasn't emotionally invested in either character. Of course because of my career, I'm most interested in Jane's "tale of woe" as Rochester puts it and how it's formed her. I think they missed a big opportunity here. Yes, they give us a little backstory on her life in an orphanage but I'm on the whole wanting more. Why is she strong and independent? Where did she find her strength? It would seem likely that most who live in an orphanage do not find the courage to do as she does - so just showing me she's been there and survived isn't enough.
That's about all I want to say.
Likes: The film was pretty. Michael Fassbender is pretty. The acting was also very fine. I just didn't feel engaged or invested in the story line or characters...not sure if I should take that up with Charlotte Bronte or Fukunaga.
Grade: C...maybe even a C minus