Jane Eyre is a young governess with a history of being unloved. Mr. Rochester is the stormy master of the house with a history of loving and being burned by it. While Jane is able to soften his hard, hurt heart she never expects to find in him hidden secrets of the most miserable nature.
I love this story, it's dark, twisted, romantic, emotional and beautiful. It's got so many different,wonderful elements about it that I can't understand the casting of the main character. Mia Wasikowski has exactly 3 facial expressions: bland depression, bland crying and bland, brief smiling. This girl's face rarely moves! Most of her lines are delivered monotone! I understand that Jane's character is supposed to be grounded and a little bit quiet but that doesn't mean she's without feeling at all. In fact Mia delivered a line that declared that she had as much heart and feeling as anyone and I seriously wanted to argue that point. Through out the movie the only reason I knew how she must be feeling is because I am so well acquainted with this story.
In fact, I think the only people who could find any real joy out of this movie are those who know the story already. Director Cary Fukunaga arranged the scenes in this film in a choppy manner and out of order. Having Jane looking back on the story made things a little confusing for those who don't know the story already. However, there is one area to which I will stick up for this movie. I've heard complaints about how dark and Gothic the film was, well let me inform you that that is how Jane Eyre is supposed to be. It's not another Pride and Prejudice or Emma with sunshine and ball gowns. There is darkness, there is mystery, there are deep, dark secrets!
The Masterpiece version that I've suggested has a bit more passionate kissing but no sex and no nude art.
Danielle'- Clearplay Governess