Warning: this is a long post. They really breeze through the scenes at Gateshead, in less than 10 minutes Jane is on her way to Lowood. But I love Orson Welles, so it only seems fair to give it another try. But I do it for you, reader. There are a few shots that are truly outstanding, like the one where Little Jane is standing on a stool and the shadows cast around her look like prison bars. However, in many ways I find this to be an excellent adaptation and a generally good film.
I strongly object to the way they ignore the original dialogue but then take the time to add in a lot of bosh about science vs religion, etc cetera. No one else in the history of Jane Eyre films pulled it off, but I think it worked. Child Star Rating: Pretty good. Elizabeth Taylor famously plays Helen Burns in an early, uncredited role. It was a bold move starting the way they do instead of with the typical Jane vs John Reid grudge match. Through much deliberation, I have written this in order of rank, from worst to best. The first time I saw it, I was absolutely shocked, but they have my respect for at least having a new take on the material, even if that take is a bit too glossy and heartless for me.
Adherence to the book: Fail. After all, any excuse to watch Jane Eyre. Laughability of scenes in which the lead actors refer to themselves as unattractive: I feel like this is somewhat up for debate, especially as regards Timothy Dalton. Laughability of scenes in which the lead actors refer to themselves as unattractive: George C. Tell me your favorite version and what criteria do you use! They also take morality out of it completely when Jane talks of leaving Rochester as he tries to convince her to live as his mistress.
Young Jane looked too old, but she did a good job with the part. And Samantha Morton does, too. They completely cut the parts at Moor House, combining St John Rivers with the pharmacist character into something completely new, presumably in the interest of time? Child star rating: Starting with the opening line of the book A++ and then we see our terrible Child Jane who is as always way too big. Gothic level: Nothing to write home about. Finally leads that are not Hollywood pretty! Child star rating: Is it just my imagination or do child Jane and Adele look like they could be sisters? The newer versions seem to play up the Gothic aspect of the book through dark interior shots, as though pairing these with a pedestrian take on the love story will make up for the lack of passion. Adherence to the book: If they could change it, they did. It feels like the story as related by Charlotte Bronte is sketched in broad strokes, which are filled in with some kind of modernized version that feels very flat to me.
Interior shots lit only by candles, a muted color palette, and lots of storms. But I'm willing to make the sacrifice and watch Michael Fassbender for another two hours. Child Jane is too big, as usual. Full disclosure, I omitted the 1996 Zeffirelli version because although Anna Paquin was amazing, I could not get over the casting of William Hurt as Rochester. These are basically completely different characters who happen to be living out the plot from Jane Eyre. Even with the time provided by the format, they completely miss the change from docile Jane to her moment of revolt against John Reid.
It feels like it plays a leading role and elevates other elements that are lacking. Gypsy Disguise Watch: They reworked the gypsy fortune telling scene in a way that really works, so I give them figurative points for that. So major points get deducted for that. These scenes seem especially stylized, which works for the film but lacks the rich character of the novel and the other versions. Child Star Rating: Young Jane is excellent -- possibly my favorite. And equally possible that I created an elaborate rating system to determine the merits of each film.
Public domain classic based on a novel by Charlotte Bronte. The atmosphere is electric between Jane and Mr Rochester. Craziness level of the attic wife: So crazy we are not even allowed to see her. . Craziness level of the attic wife: Crazy, but not crazy enough to tear the veil. But to be fair, Adele might be my favorite of the Adeles.
While she is there, many strange things happen and eventually she and Edward Rochester, owner of Thornfield and Adele's guardian, fall in love. Craziness level of the attic wife: Pretty crazy. Go get a burrito or something. Gothic level: For all its natural lighting, it seems very atmospheric to me. Second only to the Orson Welles version to me. Little Jane is perfect, too -- starting off meek and timid and bursting out passionately when falsely accused by Mrs Reed. Cinematography: Moody and delicious black and white.
Craziness level of the attic wife: Grace Poole gets a lot of screentime, and she does a good job. Modern adaptation of the classic Charlotte Brontë novel starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. Not bad but not noteworthy, either. Craziness level of the attic wife: I would not want to run into her on a flaming rooftop. Wow, if you've made it this far, you are either a huge Jane Eyre fan or really bored.
There are even more if you include versions filmed in other languages, and more than that if you consider adaptations more loosely based on the story. Adherence to the book: Excellent. In fact, one of the best things this version has going for it is the way it races through the scenes at Gateshead Hall and especially Lowood, getting right to the good stuff with Mr. This post is basically one big spoiler. I'm prepared to be swayed. However, she is balanced out by one of the worst Adeles.