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I had to write a quick post about the BBC film adaption of Jane Eyre – it is after all a novel on the book challenge list. I rarely think that a film does a book justice, but I thought that this adaption was incredibly well done. Also, this is one of my all time favourite novels, although I admit I am slightly biased as I went to the same school as the Bronte sisters, and so the film had quite a lot to live up to – it did not disappoint.
Mia Wasikowska was perfectly cast as Jane – I cannot believe that she is Australian as her Northern English accent was perfect (erm…..not like Anne Hathaway in One Day ). She is measured and controlled, yet passionately honest – just like Jane Eyre should be. I really don’t think that she could have portrayed the character any better – fantastic performance.
Michael Fassbender is also really fitting for Rochester and was just as stern yet charismatic as I imagine he should be. And you really know that a film is going to be good when Judi Dench is in it – she plays Mrs Fairfax finely.
The setting was also perfect – the bleak Yorkshire Dales were really captured in the moor scenes, although I think most of the filming was done in Derbyshire rather than Yorkshire.
My only dissapointment was the portrayal of the character Adele – the little French girl. I am sure that in the book she is more witty and dramatic. However, all in all, it really was great and I want to see it again. I even think that they kept my favourite quote in (albeit I wasn’t keeping note at the Cinema).
So, I therefore leave you with my favourite quote, said by Jane Eyre of course:
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Please please go and see it at the Cinema – if you are a Bronte fan you should love it.