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Jane Eyre [videorecording]
White, Susanna.
Adult Fiction Drama JANE

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laurel said:
For those who haven’t read the book and are looking for a romance, I’m sure you’ll like this movie. However, I have read the book and was rather disappointed. Instead of being a strong woman with an early kind of feminism, I found Jane’s character in the movie weak and simpering. Instead of displaying courage as she went out by herself to earn her own living, she was crying all the time and pitying herself (something she was determined not to do in the book). Alas, all the strength of Jane’s character, all her substance, her convictions, have been squeezed out of the movie to the point that we don’t even know why she makes the decisions she does. It’s no wonder: in the book, all her decisions are based on her strong convictions due to her Christianity and feminist beliefs; themes which the movie goes to great lengths to leave out. My recommendation: Read the Book
posted Aug 21, 2008 at 9:49AM
Adalia said:
This version is fantastic. The first thing to be commended is the cinematography; Thornfield is GORGEOUS. The casting is excellent; the way Ruth Wilson speaks and carries herself radiates strength and self-sufficiency. Toby Stephens is rather too beautiful as Mr. Rochester, but I’m not really going to complain about that...his acting is fantastic. They did cut down on some of his rather overbearing dialogue from the novel, but to see and hear the best scenes acted out by these two is delightful. (Yes, they have chemistry.) The proposal scene is a little disappointing, but the rest of the miniseries overcompensates. Jane’s verbal duel with Grace Poole is all there, verbatim. Bertha is exotic and mysterious, and a little frightening. Adele is perfectly played. What I loved, especially, was the fact that they didn’t shy away from the scenes away from Mr. Rochester, at the Moor House. Those are as beautifully filmed, well-acted, and interesting as any other part. Jane’s true strength shines when she takes charge of the girls’ school. She does cry during her time there, but she cries in the book, too (I defy anyone not to in a similar situation). Scenes with St. John manage to be faithful and interesting. And when she returns to Mr. Rochester at Ferndean, everything falls into place. An excellent miniseries. But read the book first!
posted Apr 8, 2010 at 12:09PM
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