Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jane Eyre: March 11- I Can't Wait!

I know, we've seen this before, but I am so excited, and now that I'm doing Laura's Jane Eyre readalong next month, I'm looking forward to the new movie even more.

Have you seen any of the previous film adaptations of Jane Eyre? I saw the 1983 BBC miniseries starring Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton, which I loved, and the 1996 movie with William Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg, which I thought was atrocious even though I thought Gainsbourg was note-perfect as Jane. I'm optimistic about the casting of Mia Wasikowksa as Jane; I think she has the right look for the part, and from the trailer, the right personality. I loved Clarke's pluck and spirit but I always felt like, cute as she was, she was too old; Jane is supposed to be about 18 when she comes to Thornfield and Clarke looked like a pretty 35 to me. (And of course I enjoyed Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm as Blanche in that adaptation.) Gainsbourg was perfect but Hurt was awful and their film sped through the story at a full gallop; Jane leaves Thornfield and the story goes full tilt towards the conclusion, on the very same day. Huh? At least that's the way I remember it.

The BBC could take their time, and they did, filming almost the entire novel; the Hurt/Gainsbourg version clipped a whole third. I'll be interested to see how the new version handles the St. John Rivers section, the part the Hurt/Gainsbourg version left out. Some people don't like it or find it tiresome but I actually liked that section for its mystical elements and the family story, and it's the part of the story where Jane really comes into her own.

I don't know anything about the director, Cary Fukunaga; he seems inexperienced when it comes to feature films. So we'll see. But I know one thing- I'll be there on opening weekend. Will you?