“It’s a book we already knew had an enormous fan base, so the responsibility was also a major consideration,” noted Alison. “We wanted to move this interpretation forward into the 21st Century whilst maintaining the story’s haunting beauty.”
The new film version had a lot to live up to and we think this one has finally nailed the spirit of the book, the passion between the lead characters as well as staying true to the original story – almost word for word.
The film differs from the book in the way the order that the story is told. The film opens with a distraught Jane fleeing from Thornfield Hall and taking refuge with the Rivers family. Flashbacks to Jane’s childhood set the scene before her iconic first encounter with Mr Rochester when Rochester’s horse rears up – having been ‘bewitched’ by Jane!
Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Hunger) is magnetic as Rochester and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) is perfection as Jane Eyre – plain but incredibly beautiful, fragile but with a strong will, and the chemistry between the two is palpable!
A lot of the actors are so instantly recognisable – Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) is all grown up St. John Rivers, and Dame Judi Dench as Mrs Fairfax. You might also spot local actress Jayne Wisner in one of the flashback scenes to Jane’s childhood.
WARNING – DO NOT go and see this film with your boyfriend, husband or other half, as it would be too much for them to witness you drooling and wide-eyed over Michael Fassbender as Rochester. Swoon worthy and utterly romantic – this is one to go and see with the girls.
Don’t miss it!
Jane Eyre is at QFT from Friday 9th September – Thurs 22nd September