Lady Film: Jane Eyre (2011)

30 Apr

Friday night, H. and I watched Jane Eyre.

Obviously, as a woman with a Creative Writing degree, I enjoy Jane Eyre. That’s, like, a requirement for graduating. I’ve only read it once, in high school, but I have mostly good memories (even though at first I hated it. Too much boarding school; I stand by my opinion). The trailer looks BANANAS, right? Using the Suspiria theme is kind of an emotional shortcut, but it really does get across the weirdness of Jane Eyre.

Before we watched it, I tried to explain to H. that Jane Eyre is a weird book/film. It seems like it’s going to be a semi-normal love story if you don’t know much about it, but it is actually super strange! I also warned him that he would not be able to suspect the weirdest surprise.

H: “Is she really a man?”
Me: “No!”
H: “Is…”
ME: “LISTEN, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GUESS, OKAY?”

When the surprise twist was revealed, he actually yelled “Whaaaaat?” at the screen, so I guess I was right.

Here’s the thing about this adaptation: It is very, very beautiful. There are so many lovely shots, and everything’s lit by candle/fire light, and it’s all just moody and dark. You know who else is moody and dark? Mr. Rochester, amirite, ladies? Mr. Rochester is basically a huge babe (duh) and Michael Fassbender is in FINE FORM here. He’s angry a lot, he shoots some stuff, and oh man. I feel like I can’t mention Michael Fassbender without mentioning that there were assault charges against him but the charges were dropped. Do with that information what you will.

Looks kinda like Mr. Darcy, is not Mr. Darcy.

I feel like the film assumes you already have a basic knowledge of Jane Eyre, because it skimps out on kind of a lot, story-wise. I mean, there is hardly any boarding school, which is fine by me. But the relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester isn’t developed much at all. This was no problem for me, since I’m heavily invested in their relationship/problems already, but I think it might seem a little sudden for someone who didn’t know the backstory. H. agreed.

Also when Mr. Rochester has a beard he looks like Joaquin Phoenix:

Conclusion: Do you like Jane Eyre? Do you like slow movies? Do you like weird, high-waisted pants on men? Do you enjoy candlelight? Then this is the movie for you. If you get bored easily and you’ve never read Jane Eyre, maybe not. Also, go read Jane Eyre. What is wrong with you?!

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8 Responses to “Lady Film: Jane Eyre (2011)”

  1. Lou Lou April 30, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    I bought this DVD a few weeks ago but I haven’t got round to watching it yet. I loved the book, and you’ve made the film sound awesome! Going to have to watch it ASAP! :-)

    • heykerryann April 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      I’d had it for months and for some reason just kept putting it off! It’s great, but weird!

  2. lissa April 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I think this adaptation is too short and I agreed with you on them leaving certain parts. they cut the film to keep it short. The masterpiece theatre tv adapation is much longer and better, I think. I prefer Toby Stephens over Michael Fassbender but Fassbender isn’t so bad as Mr. Rochester.

    hope you have a sweet day.

    • heykerryann April 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      I will have to check out the masterpiece theatre adaptation! thanks! xoxo

  3. Cat April 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Not enough Orson Welles!

    really though I do love Michael Fassbender too.

    • heykerryann April 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      Oh, you ALWAYS say there’s not enough Orson Welles! Enough!

  4. Lucy May 1, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Love love love Jane Eyre! But I still haven’t gotten around to watching this particular version of it. Also, I recommend the book The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Here’s a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eyre_Affair

    • heykerryann May 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      Oooh, thanks for the rec! I requested it from the library immediately!

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