Movie: Jane Eyre

By admin
29 April 2011


With Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell.

Director: Cary Fukunaga.


Opens 6 May.

Rating: 4/5

What’s it about?

A girl who grew up in an orphanage gets a job as the private tutor to the daughter of an eccentric, wealthy estate owner. Then the teacher discovers a terrible secret.

Who will enjoy it?

Anyone who likes strong, dramatic, gripping films. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking this period movie is just a load of old-fashioned words and corsets.

The story, by novelist Charlotte Brontë, is timeless and this brilliant film version tells it with such empathy it will knock you off your feet. It’s a ­sensitive tale loaded with intrigue, surprises and drama.

In fact it’s more like a ghost story with attitude! Jane’s experiences in the spooky mansion could have come from a modern thriller such as The Others.

The movie also comments on class differences and how orphans were mercilessly terrorised by cruel adults.

But its real focus is sexual inhibition. It describes a forbidden romance and asks, “Can love be strong enough to survive even the most gruesome secret?”

Be warned, there’s a delicious twist in the tail.

This lively film puts the fun back in formal dramas. The detailed recreation of the period, convincing performances and sober direction make this one of the year’s best films. See it and be impressed.

Similar films 

The King’s Speech, Wuthering Heights.

Popcorn facts

*Mia Wasikowska is a ballerina and was born in Australia.

*She was 20 when Jane Eyre was filmed.

*Michael Fassbender apparently has a reputation as a ladies’ man on set.

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