Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3
Rated 1 out of 5 "Jane Eyre"?! More Like "Beauty & The Beast"!
While I love the book, I'm not exactly a "purist". Besides this one, I've seen 6 others ('11 movie, '06 mini, '96 movie, '83 mini,'73 mini, and '44 movie).
While I believe the story line (500+ page novel) is better suited to a miniseries (length); I quite enjoyed the latest ('11) movie- despite its being only 2 hrs. long!
As for this particular one:
Don't be fooled by its title, this production is far removed from the book (so if you've never read it, and are seeking an authentic adaptation-- look elsewhere)! The only things that the two have in common are the names of its characters, and a few sequence of events! 95% of the dialogue has been re-written (and butchered), and some events added (made up)!
Rochester is an insufferable, maniacal, beast of a man!
How Jane could have felt anything beyond oppression and disdain is beyond me! Jane's character is even altered; she's borderline bratty, somewhat mouthy, and unreservedly opinionated!
Beyond any and all comprehension she actually loves Rochester (despite his blatant mistreatment of her- especially when she's about to leave)!!
In conclusion, if you dare watch this insufferable abomination, you had better have a pair of "frownies" on hand; Rochester's scowl is that infectious!
..Thankfully it was only 108 minutes long-- anything beyond that would have been torture!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bodicea Brilliant
I have read the book a hundred times--and seen every movie version--and this is the BEST at capturing the tone and feeling of the book and the main characters---and the strength, character, and passionate relationship between-Jane and Edward. If you want an exact regurgitation of the book-- READ THE BOOK. A film is an interpretation of the story-- and as such Morton and Hinds are brilliant at portraying the power and sizzle of the romance between Jane and Rochester. The movie edits the story line of the book--but for the better. Portions of the book are sloggy and out of place. Hopefully, if you haven't read the book--the beauty and passion of this movie version will inspire you to want more of the story--and read the original--which was the very FIRST gothic romance written--and set-off the creation of an entire genre in fiction and film. Enjoy on a rainy day,with a cup of tea, a fire going, and smelling salts near by--you may need them!!