I finally watched the newest version of Jane Eyre.
It's so wonderfully gothic!
|gorgeous old manors|
|shadows promising danger|
|dreary, twisted landscapes|
|secrets lurking behind locked doors|
Although other versions of the movie have been enjoyable, I much prefer this cast.
Mia Wasikowski is Jane.
In the movie she truly is a plain Jane; although, after surfing the net, I found much more glam pics of her where she's quite pretty.
|Mia: not mousy at all|
Is this what Rochester sees beyond her obvious spunk and intelligence?
Aside from Mrs. Fairfax, played by Judi Densch, the movie omits the few female figures who are kind to Jane. In fact, other than including the friendship of Helen--which ends in her death--the movie only shows the cold, dismal parts of Jane's earlier life. Still, it's a movie, so one positive mother figure can suit for time's sake. And who better to serve in that capacity than Judi Densch?
|Dame Judi as Mrs. Fairfax|
|Hello, Mr. Rochester.|
When I first read Jane Eyre, I was astonished any girl could fall for such a cranky old cad. I figured even if I'd not been exposed to men, I'd have better sense. In some versions, he fits right along with my teenage interpretations. However, if I were Jane, I'd have fallen for this Rochester, too.
Like the novel, by the end of the movie, Rochester is repentant and her social equal, so she doesn't give up anything to be with him. In fact, she proves herself to be his moral superior.
And they live happily ever after.