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Certainly not a plain Jane Eyre

October 23rd, 2011  |  Published in New Reels

The latest screen version of Jane Eyre,¬†Charlotte Bronte‘s classic romantic novel, is a gorgeous, sweeping, passionate, visually striking film.

It may have seemed a strange choice of director but Cary Fukunaga, who brought us the very different debut feature Sin Nombre, has been an inspired one for the new version of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

Jane EyreHe’s helped in no small part by 2 of cinemas brightest talents right now in Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, who deliver powerhouse performances that draw you in and leave you stirred and sometimes breathless. And in smaller roles, the ever brilliant Jamie Bell and the incomparable Judi Dench, support and quietly add further weight to the drama.

Jane Eyre is one of the¬†great stories, here told afresh with a drive and urgency that you’d hope to find in any modern thriller. Moira Buffini‘s sharp and at times very dryly witty script, allow you into a story about equality and freedom that’s as universal today as it would have been shocking at the time it was written.

The seemingly plain Jane at the heart of this version, is a beautiful and accomplished creature who leaves many other literary adaptations in its wake.

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