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Review: Jane Eyre (2011)

DIRECTOR: Cary Joji Fukunaga

CAST: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Amelia Clarkson, Holliday Grainger, Tamsin Merchant, Romy Settbon Moore, Sally Hawkins, Freya Parks, Imogen Poots.

SYNOPSIS: After leaving a difficult and bleak childhood behind her, Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall under the guidance of Mrs. Fairfax (Dench). After meeting the cold and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester (Fassbender), Jane finds a true friend in him and soon finds herself falling in love. Softening his icy exterior, the further he lets her in, the closer she is to discovering a secret that could destroy the love she has for her employer.

Being a little unfamiliar with the story of Jane Eyre, I was very much looking forward to sitting back and enjoying another Gothic-tinged Bronte tale. However, sitting back was the last thing I was able to do, with Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre so fierce and consuming in its love story that you feel as if you are sitting amongst the characters, be it in the drawing room, the school yard or the unforgiving Yorkshire Moors. Continue reading

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