Movie of the Week: Jane Eyre (2011)

I honestly don’t know how to describe this movie, the best I could do would be “weird”. The story is quite nice, as are much of the stories of the time, but the way the movie is done, some parts are quite disturbing. Based on the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, the movie was directed by Cary Fukunaga, with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in the main roles.


I haven’t read the book – mind you, the “classics” don’t mean quite the same when your first language isn’t english – but if you look at it in a chronological way (as I’m almost sure the book is written), it’s a story about love and those are always great.

The movie, however, does things in a different order, through the overuse of very confusing flashbacks… I have to admit that until the middle of the movie I wasn’t actually sure if it was a supernatural story or not. I found the first 40 minutes quite confusing (and the image of Jane as a child running towards to door to knock herself out hasn’t quite abandon me… neither did the scene where her best friend dies while she’s sleeping by her side).


Once she meets Mr. Rochester, things start to make a lot more sense, except the friendship they supposedly have, because they spend more time talking about how they are friends than actually being friends, but whatever. Again, I haven’t read the book, but I don’t think enough emphasis was given to the development of their relationship… for 2 people who are so in love with each other, you can’t really see how that came to be…


From the moment he proposes you just know that something is going to go terrible wrong… and it does, he’s forced to share his secret. Alas, as a proper love story, it all end well (sort off), with Jane reuniting with her love…


5 thoughts on “Movie of the Week: Jane Eyre (2011)

  1. impossiblegirl123 says:

    I was a bit confused about the timeline as well, but I just love Fassbender as Mr Rochester. One of my favourite movies for this story though.
    I do have the book at home, but it took over a hundred pages until Mr Rochester first appeared and somehow I just never finished it. The classics always take me so much longer to read.

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