★ ★ 1/2
I will be honest about two things in this review, outside of my opinion of the film of course. Firstly, I would have never watched this film on my own volition, I did so at the behest of my girlfriend (who I obviously care very dearly for). Secondly, I cannot stand any material that was ever produced by either one of the Bronte sisters. It doesn’t relate to me and I find it drab and incredibly boring. There, I am done with my prefaced rant.
Ah, the story of Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska). For those of you who don’t know, it is about a young orphaned girl who is wrongly treated by her aunt, whom adopted her. Being sent to grow up in a miserable orphanage, she eventually gets out and becomes the governess for a wealthy man, Edward Fairfax Rochester (Michael Fassbender). They, over time, fall in love with each other and he asks her to marry him. She obliges, and they are all set for their wedding day until a horrible secret is found out about his past that destroys her trust. She flees his mansion and learns to make ends meet on her own, eventually inheriting a fortune from a wealthy distant relative. Now wealthy and in good standing, she returns to her love, but what oh what will she find of him? Without ruining too much of the suspense that is in the film, I’ll leave you with that short sarcastic synopsis.
The film was aptly directed by Cary Fukunaga, and has some very pretty cinematography. Mia Wasikowska does do a wonderful job in the lead role, as does Fassbender as Rochester. However, the story will always be the same, and I’ve never related well to it. It does have some suspenseful, interesting moments, but largely doesn’t take advantage of them as key story points. Prior to seeing this adaptation of the book, I saw the 1980s version with Timothy Dalton, and was equally underwhelmed. Though I will say, however, that I enjoyed this adaptation more so than the previous. For that, and for the fact that I was actually able to sit through the whole thing, I have to give it some credit.