After talking about The Hunger Games cast in my post yesterday, I thought I’d also dive into discussing another movie that I saw recently and LOVED- Jane Eyre! The movie and book are not exactly YA or fantasy-ish (at all), but they’re too good to pass up!
After seeing Jane Eyre Sunday afternoon, I was transfixed, as Mr. Rochester would say. The movie is visually stunning and emotionally powerful.
I felt so moved by the story, I didn’t even turn on my car radio on the ride home so that I could further absorb the beauty of the movie. I didn’t want to break the spell! It was probably a little silly of me, but that’s honestly how affected I was after watching the movie.
The scenes are lush- rolling hills, fiery susets, finely-manicured gardens. It’s all so beautiful. And it contrasts well with the sparse joy and pleasure that Jane experiences in her life. She faces cruelty at the hands of her aunt and at the boarding school that she attends later.
Then Jane takes the position as governess at Thornfield, the home of Mr. Rochester, and she finally finds independence, happiness and love.
As far as the book goes– it has been several years since I read it (we’re talking middle school), but it all seemed to match up. If there were any key elements left out, I didn’t notice.
I really enjoyed the narrative style of the movie, too. It began sort of near the end of the story and worked it’s way back, which was a refreshing take of this classic that’s been told and re-told many times before.
There was one tiny detail missing at the end, but I can’t mention it as it is kind of a spoiler. If you want to know what it is, please leave a comment, and I’ll be glad to fill you in privately! One lady in the theater even shouted out the missing detail after the movie was over: “Where’s ‘XYZ’? What happened to it??” She was clearly irate as well as elderly, so she got away it with being a little crazy.
Probably my favorite part of the whole movie is the emphasis on Jane’s difference from those around her and how she is very unlike other women. The book pointed out heavily that she was extremely plain as well as poor and had a fey-like quality. She longs for independence and freedom from the harsh environment where she grew up.
It’s an empowering story, especially for women during that time period. I love strong women, and I see that in the small, reserved person of Jane Eyre.
I want to see this movie again. Like today, or as soon as possible!! I’m going to drag…I mean, ask my hubs to see it with me this weekend. 😀
If you haven’t seen a trailer yet, check out this one: