It’s no secret that I love a good literary adaptation period drama. So it is with nerd-girl pride that I look forward to the release of the umpteenth incarnation of Charlotte Brontë’s gothic love story, “Jane Eyre.”
Much like any of the novels by Jane Austen, “Jane Eyre” is a story that has been turned into more movies and TV miniseries than I can count (including one with Anna Paquin as Young Jane). Each version presents the material in varying degrees of depth, but at its core, the story is always the same: See Jane have horrible childhood. See Jane finally find happiness as a governess. See Jane fall in love with the broody and mysterious Mr. Rochester. See everything go spectacularly insane.
The trailer for this new telling of “Jane Eyre” hits all the right notes in setting the tone for the movie: dark, morose and … foggy. However, there are a couple of things that make me raise an eyebrow; specifically, Mia Wasikowska (playing Jane) isn’t British and Michael Fassbender (also not British, but at least European) is way too handsome to play the “not beautiful, according to rule” Mr. Rochester. But Judi Dench is there, too, which sort of evens everything out.
Also starring Sally Hawkins and Jamie Bell, “Jane Eyre” will be “three hundred sixty-five degrees …” on March 11, 2011.
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