Jane Eyre is a Must See Classic Movie
I would like to start by sharing with you the most memorable line from the movie:
"Have I become nothing to you? Am I machine without feelings? Do you think because I am poor, obscure, plain and little that I am soul-less and heartless? I have as much soul as you and full as much heart, and if God had blessed me with beauty and wealth I could make it as hard for you to leave me as it is for I to leave you." Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I have seen quite a few movies this year. I watch most of them through either Red Box or NetFlix and I would have to say that Jane Eyre stands out as the best movie I've seen this year and one of the very best movies I have ever seen. Period. I stumbled upon this movie when I was looking for something at Red Box one night and I didn't know anything about the story or the author beforehand so I was in for quite a surprise. It had all the elements that make up a good story. It had adversity, jealousy, heartbreak, suffering, passion, romance, longing, shock, and surpise. You name it, this story weaved in almost every emotion together like a fine tapestry. I would put it up there with "West Side Story" and "Jaws" as one of my all time favorites.
This story is basically about a woman who started out as an orphan with a very hard upbringing and then eventually goes off to work as a Governess. She meets and falls in love with the man she works for, a dashing handsome clever man full of wit and charm. When she first meets him, she's very good about hiding her true feelings for the longest time. The tension slowly builds over the course of the movie, but I don't want to give away too much because I want you to go and see it. The movie has many twists and turns that you'd expect from a great movie and it will definately keep you on the edge of your seat.
Charlotte Bronte is an incredible storyteller. I can definately see why this movie was adapted for the screen a dozen times. It's just that good! She dreamed up the perfect story. It's for every girl who knows what it's like to suffer from a broken heart and to long for new surroundings when things look bleak. The way Charlotte composed the story was pure genius. It had great highs and terribly sad lows. It also had this subtle veil of longing for something better right from the beginning with a surprise ending that just blows you away. It was very well played out from beginning to end like a beautiful love song.
Charlotte Bronte was born April 21, 1816 in Thornton, Yorkshire, England. She was a strong woman who was way ahead of her time, and it's hard to believe she wrote this story back in 1847. Charlotte lost her mother at a young age and was looked after by an aunt. She was one of six children and she was the only sister to have married. Sadly, she died during pregnancy.
Back in the early 19th century it was common for women writers to use men's names. She wrote under the name, Currer Bell. Can you imagine what it must have been like to have written one of the greatest stories ever and she didn't even use her own name? We've come a long way since then. You wouldn't dream of doing such a thing in this day and age. If only Charlotte were alive to witness the success of J.K. Rowlings. It would have blown her away.
Mia Wasakowska played the part of Jane Eyre perfectly. She was sensitive and had such an incredible innocence about her for such a timeless classic. Her serious portrayal of Jane touched a nerve, whereby you felt more connected to her as the story progressed. She played the role with such outstanding clarity and poise. I loved how she kept her feelings hidden like an iron fist for a good portion of the movie. It created such tension and suspense. You wanted so much for her to live happily ever after with Rochester, and the ending just rips your heart out.
Michael Fassbender did such a superb job of playing Edward Rochester. He's a handsome rugged guy that grows on you. At first, he's not very likeable at all, but he slowly weaves his way into your heart and you can't help but be seduced by his charms. Once he's hooked you, you can just forget it, because you end up mesmorized by him until the movie is over. His voice was incredible, haunting and serious, and yet as sharp as a razor. You could just listen to him all day long.
Check out the movie trailer below. The background is dark and mysterious giving the story an extra touch of dramatic tension. I thought the movie was so good, I went out and bought the book soon after. I will never forget this movie. It was definately a movie to remember!