Does the world really need another adaptation of Jane Eyre? Well need is quite an emotive word I suppose. It is remarkable that the character of Jane was insisting on independence and therefore not being controlled by men in 1847, truly groundbreaking stuff. We can see in the story that of the two men in her life, Rivers and Rochester, she chooses the one who gives and respects her freedom. The other appears to more reasonable but is ultimately more controlling. Although at the beginning of the story Jane is accused of being deceitful, ironically she is the only main character that isn’t at deceitful at all, including her tow suitors.
We are given glimpses of some beautiful scenery from the outset as Jane wanders in the wilderness. Throughout the film though there are also some wonderful performances, Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender are marvellous as Jane and Rochester as is Judi Dench as Mrs Fairfax.
Given that this is based on a gothic novel and that there are some quite dramatic occurrences throughout the story, it would be quite easy for the whole thing to become overwrought and gimmicky. So much of the acting, though. is done in subtle facial expressions. The text is treated with the greatest respect but is also utilised beautifully as well. All these elements, along with an understated musical score, make for very decent film that keeps you thinking throughout.