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DVD Review: Jane Eyre

August 16, 2011

Jane Eyre – An Alliance Films’ Release

DVD Release Date: August 16th, 2011

Rated PG for mature themes

Running time: 120 minutes

Cary Fukunaga (dir.)

Moira Buffini (screenwriter)

Based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë

Dario Marianelli (music)

Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre

Michael Fassbender as Rochester

Jamie Bell as St John Rivers

Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax

Our reviews below:


Jane Eyre DVD Review By John C.

*** (out of 4)

In this latest adaptation of the romantic literary classic, Jane Eyre, Mia Wasikowska stars in the title role.  Raised as a maid, Jane finds herself hired as a governess to live in the mansion of the mysterious Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender).  When she finds herself falling desperately in love with her employer, Jane comes dangerously close to uncovering the mysterious secrets of Mr. Rochester and changing their lives forever.

Director Cary Fukunaga once again shows promise as a young filmmaker to watch, elegantly adapting the text of Charlotte Brontë as he displays a clear interest in the story.  With a moody and appropriately atmospheric tone that is strongest throughout the most disturbing scenes, as well as an excellent performance from Mia Wasikowska in the title role, this ranks as one of the better adaptations of the often told story of Jane Eyre.

The DVD includes deleted scenes, several featurettes, as well as commentary with director Cary Fukunaga.


Jane Eyre DVD Review by Erin V.  

*** (out of 4)

A tale of love and drama, Jane Eyre is based on the classic novel by Charlotte Brontë.  For those not familiar with the story, it tells the tale of Jane (played as an adult by Mia Wasikowska – Alice in Wonderland), who after a hard childhood becomes governess to the young ward of a Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender – X-Men: First Class).  Living at his mansion, ‘Thornhill’, she starts to fall for him, but meanwhile feels drawn to know the secrets that the old house holds. This new film version is well put-together, with very good performances from its cast, a pleasant score, and gorgeous cinematography.


Jane Eyre DVD Review By Nicole

*** (out of 4)

Based on the romantic classic, Jane Eyre is a quiet film that is both sad and beautiful to watch.  Told through flashbacks, this movie follows Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) from her tragic childhood to her work as a governess.  Her employer, Rochester (Michael Fassbender) is falling in love with her, but at the same time, is hiding a bizarre secret.

Jane Eyre is well acted.  It is slowly but nicely paced, with beautiful shots of the English countryside.  The score by Dario Marianelli is beautiful as well.  Whether you’ve read the book or not, this is a well made film that is worth renting.


Jane Eyre DVD Review By Maureen

*** (out of 4)

There have been several adaptations over the years of the classic Victorian romance novel, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.  Director Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre manages to capture the overall Victorian mood typical of novels from that era.  The British scenery is beautifully shot and Mia Wasikowska is perfectly cast as the orphaned governess, Jane Eyre.  This Jane has a confidence in the way she presents herself particularly when speaking with her rich employer/lover interest, Rochester (Michael Fassbender).

The story is told in flashbacks, opening with Jane collapsing at a nearby house after her escape from Rochester and his house of haunted secrets.  The scenes in the house while Jane is living there as governess are suitably creepy at times.  In the flashbacks to Jane’s childhood and her training as a servant girl, Jane is played by Amelia Clarkson.

Overall, this version of Jane Eyre does justice to the original story.  The cinematography is nicely done and the acting excellent.  If you enjoy period pieces and particularly Charlotte Brontë’s work, then Director Cary Fukunaga’s version of Jane Eyre is worth checking out on DVD.


Jane Eyre DVD Review By Tony

*** (out of 4)

Jane Eyre has had at least a dozen versions on film and TV in English alone, going back 100 years. The latest stars Mia Wasikowska in the title role with Michael Fassbender as Rochester, Jamie Bell as St John (pronounced Sinjin) and Judi Dench as the kindly housekeeper. I must admit never having read the book but I have seen a couple of the earlier film treatments and this is a good one.

Aside from strong performances, the screenplay seems faithful to the literary style of Charlotte Brontë’s brooding Victorian novel. Moreover, the film looks beautiful, from the desolate grey moors to the interiors shot in Derbyshire houses and castles, often under the golden glow and chiaroscuro effects of candlelight, and the score by Mario Marianelli, mainly played by a small string ensemble, is a perfect accompaniment.


Consensus: The latest adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s romantic literary classic, Jane Eyre is carried by beautifully haunting cinematography and an excellent performance from Mia Wasikowska in the title role.   *** (Out of 4)

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