Hit or Miss? Jane Eyre (2011)

These kinds of period pieces based on classic English literature have been done to death, but for some reason this new adaptation of Jane Eyre seems really exciting. Directed by Cary Fukunaga, a fresh exciting talent, known mostly for his great debut Sin Nombre a crime drama about border crossing in the Americas (you can read my take on it here) and starred by yet not that known but very gifted actors, Jane Eyre seems to be getting a darker twist on things.

Playing Jane Eyre is Mia Wasikowska, a versatile young actress, that many might recognise as Alice in the newest take on Alice In Wonderland, seems like an interesting addition to the handful of talent that is rising in the in-their-20’s-or-under group (with Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Lawrence and Rooney Mara9.

Michael Fassbender takes on the role as the housemaster who makes the ‘mousy’ Jane fall in love with him at the same time struggling with his haunting past. I can’t sing Fassbender’s praises enough, I think he’s a very talented (if you haven’t seen Hunger yet you need to get on that shizzle) and I am very glad he’s breaking out with these bigger roles (his also going to star with the lovely James McAvoy in the newest take on the X-Men, this is something to very much look forward to) and more people are taking notice. Definitely one to watch!

I’m excited about this new Eyre but what about you? Are you going to see it or does it fall in the genre’s endless pit of coherent storylines and huge budgets on costume design?

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4 responses to “Hit or Miss? Jane Eyre (2011)

  1. Wasikowska seems affected in the trailer. I still think she’s better as an American than she is playing British. Her in The Kids are All Right is her in her best form.

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