Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jane Eyre

Loved it, loved it, loved it! Mia Wasikowska ("Alice in Wonderland") and Michael Fassbender ("Inglourious Basterds") star in this latest retelling of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel. By the way, did I mention I loved it? The story begins as Jane Eyre flees Thornfield House, where she has been working as a governess to Edward Rochester's young ward. After a frantic race through rain swept moors, she finds succor from the elements and her own broken heart with a young preacher and his sisters. As she reflects on her recent past, we learn that as a child the orphaned Jane had been sent by a cruel aunt to a boarding school where she was horribly mistreated until she'd been able to escape by taking the governess job at Thornfield Hall. After an awkward and contentious first meeting with her employer, trust and friendship slowly develop, and ultimately love blossoms between the plain and honest young governess and the brooding lord of the manor. Of course, that love is tested when Jane learns a horrible secret about the man she loves.

I can't say it enough times. I loved this movie! As a true romantic, this had everything you could ask for - love, betrayal, redemption. Throw into the mix incredible cinematography, beautiful wardrobes, a great screenplay and perfect casting and you have an instant classic. Mia Wasikowska is the best Jane Eyre ever. Every look, every word, every nuance shared between her and Michael Fassbender as Rochester, ring so true. It was like she became Jane Eyre, she didn't just play the role. This is one movie which I'll be adding to my DVD collection as soon as it comes out. Loved it!