The novel is notable for remaining at a consistent emotional frenzy even in the face of its own density, and though the script for this adaptation is streamlined considerably it can't keep up the pace with its source material. That said, Fukunaga has a magic touch with young actors, and aesthetically it's so exquisite that it's near impossible to not recommend on some level.
No doubt Mia Wasikowska is a fine actress, but as in Tracks, Stoker and so on, her cool, steady blankness renders each performances a little too impenetrable for me, and I rarely *care* for her characters. The film wisely focusses on a single chunk of the book, and Fukunaga captures the social mores and Northern moors perfectly, but her Jane is just too distant to root for.
Mia Wasikowska is fantastic in this. Utterly compelling, she carries the entire film and renders first-love-heartbreak with a deeply rich palette. The cinematography is of a very high calibre but I didn't feel that Fukunaga nailed it on the story front. It's the same feeling I had after Sin Nombre and it may just have to do with age and experience, that said I expect great things from him in the future! 3 stars
A commendable adaptation with some flaws. Now, I love Michael Fassbender in a variety of films but he is arguably miscast as Rochester. Mia Wasikowski is also an exceptional actress who is not plain enough to play Jane Eyre. There is only so much the director can achieve in a 2-hour film length. It has its merits but is not the definitive adaptation.
I must confess I've never read the novel or watched any other kind of adaptation of the Bronte work, but I was thrilled by the landscapes, the great images and ambience conjured by Fukunaga and specially by Dench, Fassbender and even the mostly boring Wasikowska.
This movie. Wow. Utterly stunning, you can almost feel their sexual tension through the screen. Some parts were so desolating that i felt i couldn't handle it. And yes, there are some shallow scenes. I was worried that the end would ruin it all but it was surprisingly great.