Friday, 16 September 2011

Jane Eyre - Cinematic Surprise of the Year

It's a woman thing. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice. Love, romance; the dominant male to be won over by the affectionate charms of the wily attractive younger woman. I've never truly watched any of the many TV programmes with these period dramas with well known characters nor have I read the books which I know are classics and it is remiss of me.

But I relented and I went to watch Jane Eyre at Cineworld in Hull last night and I am a convert. Not necessarily to the author or the story which in truth was fairly simple but for the sheer stunning brilliance of this production. I kid you not, I was blown away by this BBC produced film with truly exceptional acting, incredible sets and atmosphere you could cut with a knife. How many more positive adjectives can I use with this.

Jane Eyre, a young girl cast aside by her adoptive parents is brought up in the school of hard knocks - her "tale of woe," to come out of the other side as a governess in the household of Mr Rochester. The scenes as a young girl are truly harrowing without in any way being graphic.

You would expect a BBC production to have good values and this indeed did, but I have to admit, it is undoubtedly better on the big screen and that's where the atmosphere comes from - the richness of the colours, even in the darkness of the stately home and the subtle sound effects which gave it a rather supernatural feel at times is second to none.

The locations were excellent, bleak and beautiful, rural and isolated.

The part of Jane Eyre as a young girl was played by Amelia Clarkson - look out for this one - she was excellent but the Jane Eyre young woman was Mia Wasikowska - this was an Oscar performance from her.

Michael Fassbender, who some might remember from X-Men as the young Magneto was a ruggedly handsome Rochester who is living, unbeknown to everyone, through a dark secret. His performance was also absolutely riveting. The cast was ably supported by Dame Judi Dench, the housekeeper who as an actress I find underplays everything and comes out much the stronger for it.

I can't say enough good things about this film; my plea to you is to go and see it before it leaves the cinema. Two hours long and rated PG (for a nude painting on the wall) this is a must see film.

Just as an aside and not as exciting, I did my second mediumship demonstration at John Street Spiritualist Church in Hull on Thursday afternoon at their service with my good friend Shirley Ann Chessman and it went so very, very well.

I hope you have a good weekend.

Chat soon



  1. I really want to see this but no one I know is keen. I'll have to wait for the DVD I guess xx

  2. Jan Eyre is on at our local cinema here at the moment. We went the other night to see One Day - we really can't go twice in one week the farmer would have a duck fit!

  3. I'd be too worried that they'd messed around with the story. I hate movies of books I've read. I might watch it on TV when it finally sees daylight.

  4. I honestly can't remember if it's been released over here. I do love all those BBC films. Hopefully I haven't missed it, but my memory is getting worse every day and with all those historical romances being performed by different casts and appearing on TV as well, I just get confused. But I have read all the books many times. If it hits the theaters here, I will go and see it.

  5. We love these movies because deep down we just want to feel sought after, fought over, and bought around to his side of the house. I'm just sayin'

    Glad your second mediumship demo went well. I must admit this all does intrigue this Catholic Gal

  6. Hi AuntieGwen
    Oh No! No-one to go with - drag one of the kids to see it - tell them you are going to see something x-rated!

    Hi Weaver
    It's true we don't go often enough to the pictures. Once a week is enough though.

    Hi MorningAJ
    Books are now, experience it in our own minds, create a picture and get involved. Cinema is a bit like cramming all those thoughts and interpretations into an hour and a half. I prefer to see pictures first and read the book later!

    Hi ChrisJ
    The UK and USA film releases are often many mnonths apart I've discovered. You may not have seen the release over there yet. If you get chance - enjoy!

    Hi Donna
    I understand what you are saying. It's an age old story I guess. I am glad you are intrigued - if you ever get Skype or something similar and have a few spare mins, I would love to chat with you about it and try to answer any questions.

  7. Oddly, I'm reading reading it again - a little at a time, 'cause it gets busy around here.

    If the film is as good as the reviews, (I haven't been to a 'flea pit' for years) I may let Bear drag me there :)

  8. Hi Wheelie
    I even got a little emotional at times - a wonderful experience. If you are going to see any film, go and see this classic. Have a GREAT time

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