Saturday, April 9, 2011

Jane Eyre

Movie:  Jane Eyre
Like/Don't Like:  A solid adaptation

It's hard to be objective with a story that I know so well as Jane Eyre.  I have read the book countless times and have seen every film adaptation.  I am always hesitant when a new one comes out because I wonder what more it could possible add to what has already been said.  But I'm pleased to say that this one held its own.  And if all it added was more fuel to my already enormous desire to run reckless across the Yorkshire moors then job well done.

It was beautifully gothic and moody.  Most scenes were shot nice and tight so it added to that trapped and mysterious feeling you should get with this story.  It was quite faithful to the book. Obviously, considering the time, several elements had to be edited or cut out completely but what was left held true to the heart of the story.  And any liberties that were taken added rather than distracted.

Sitting across the aisle from us was a group of girls who must have come into it without any prior knowledge of the story.  This seems shocking to me.  But it ended up being adorable because they gasped at every revelation.  One of them even shouted out "NO WAY!" when the big mystery was revealed.  (Now that I know that there are actually people out there who don't know what happens, I wouldn't dream of telling you.)  It reminded me of the first time I read the book oh, 20 or so years ago, and had no idea of what was coming and just being completely enthralled with the whole thing.  There is a reason why they keep making new movies of it.  It's just that awesome.

4 comments:

Jenny said...

I'm so glad to hear good things about this movie! What I wouldn't give to erase my memory of this story and read it again, fresh and unknowing of the twists and turns. Sigh.
I love the BBC version of a few years ago. My husband was skeptical, but we were both glued to the screen when we watched it. So good.
My third daughter's name is Charlotte, in honor of this Bronte, so I'm a fan of the book. So haunting, so gut-wrenching, so beautiful.

The Cahoons! said...

I'm so out of the loop I didn't even know there was one in theaters. I hope it comes to our discount theater soon because now I'm dying to see it. Last year I read Jane Eyre again. It's been my favorite book since I was 14.

Rach said...

It's nice to hear a positive review. I've seen previews, and they don't give me a darn bit of info. And, considering it's only in one theater in Utah, I have to be sure I want to see it before I make the long drive. Please tell me they include St. John Rivers. Because I saw an adaptation that left him completely out and I was DISGUSTED. I may have to wait it out until DVD, but I will save on Netflix so I can get it asap.

Heidi (Todd) Broberg said...

Yeah now I am more excited to see it! I am usually disappointed with movies made from books, because the book is ALWAYS better. But this sounds promising!