Seeing the Story – Jane Eyre (2011)

Jorie’s Store – Jane Eyre


Fukunaga, C. J., Buffini, M., Owen, A., Trijbits, P., Wasikowska, M., Fassbender, M., Bell, J., … Universal Pictures (Firm). (2011). Jane Eyre. Universal City, Calif: Universal.

Reasons for Watching: I read the Charlotte Brontë classic a few years ago. Click here to view my 2008 review of Jane Eyre. I checked out the DVD from HCPL.

Summary: After surviving a horrendously cruel childhood, orphaned governess Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself working for Byronic hero, Mr. Rochester, at his daunting estate, Thornfield Hall. Rochester’s interest in Jane doesn’t distract her from noticing the oddest events that take place at Thornfield Hall, though.

Book to Movie Adaptation: Yes, I see that a thick book normally needs to be condensed in order to make it bearable for viewers. Thus, some scenes in the book don’t make the cut. Some of what was left out were Jane Eyre’s formative experiences. These key even that happened to the girl etched themselves into the personality of the woman Eyre became. For more info (spoiler alert), check out A Reader of Fictions: Books Made Into Movies: Jane Eyre (2011).

Review: While I thought Wasikowska did well, I felt the movie didn’t capture the utter misery Jane survived as a child. I also wanted to see a little more of the boarding school from Hell – Lowood. The mood seemed off somehow.

Three Out of Five Pearls