'Jane Eyre' is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and stars the wonderful Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and the very sexy Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Bastards)
In case you haven't read Charlotte Bronte's classic novel or seen the 18 other film versions of 'Jane Eyre', this is the story of an orphan girl named Jane Eyre (Ms Wasikowska) who is left in the custody of a very rich and very mean woman, Mrs. Reed (Sally Hawkins) Mrs. Reed sends Jane away to a super horrible boarding school where she is subject to very harsh treatment and extremely meger living conditions. But as bad as things are, it's here that Jane not only gets a great education but she learns to stand up for herself and make the 'right' choices.
After leaving school, Jane gets a job as a governess at an isolated estate called Thornfield. At this sprawling manor, Jane meets the kind, wise housekeeper, (doesn't every English film have one) played by the always fantastic Judi Dench. Jane also meets the Lord of the Manor...the brooding, moody but super hot Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender) The two of them have major chemistry and their cat and mouse scenes together are fantastic. You can feel the heat pouring out of them. Unfortunately though, Rochester has a really big secret.
When Jane discovers it, she freaks out, flee the mansion and winds up finding refuge in the home of a clergyman St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell) and his family. This is actually where the film begins. 'Jane Eyre' is told in flashbacks. We follow Jane's journey back in time and become instantly emotionally involve with her. We finally catch up with her real time...Jane realizes that she must return to Thornfield and finally conquer what haunts both her and Rochester.
'Jane Eyre' is dark and spooky and most importantly an intense romantic journey. The girl, Jane Eyre is a person that even now in the 21st century, woman will identify with. Maybe it's a gender thing, but I gave this film four out of five bagels, while my husband gave it a measly one...Check it out and see who you agree with. 'Jane Eyre' opens in theaters Friday March 11, 2011.