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Mia Wasikowska's Jane Eyre (2011) Movie Review

Updated on October 10, 2014
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Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre 2011 Movie

I was excited for this version of Jane Eyre, which features Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Written by Moira Buffini, this movie is based on the 1847 book by Charlotte Bronte and will appeal to fans of period dramas.

Set in the 19th century, Jane Eyre leaves Thornfield Hall, the estate where she works as a governess, because both the home and the owners have pushed her as far as she can go. Since she has no home of her own, a clergyman offers her refuge in his. It is while living and recovering in that home that she looks back at the years she spent in Thornfield Hall.

This version of Jane Eyre was rated one of the most anticipated movies of 2011 by The Playlist who said, "As bookish nerds, we're psyched for this one, largely thanks to Fukunaga's style and great casting with Judi Dench, Jamie Bell and Imogen Poots rounding out the cast." I love a good period movie and just about anything with Judi Dench.

On this page, you will find more information about this new version of Jane Eyre. You can watch the Official Jane Eyre movie trailer, which is shown below. The trailer reveals a deep and dark movie, which captures the imagination...

Click here to order your copy of Jane Eyre (2011) from Amazon.

Jane Eyre 2011
Jane Eyre 2011

"From a loveless past

she sought refuge

and found a place

haunted by secrets..."

Official Movie Trailer for Jane Eyre (2011)

Fast Facts About the 2011 Version of Jane Eyre

  • RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2011
  • WRITERS: Moira Buffini wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte
  • DIRECTOR: Cary Fukunaga
  • RATING: PG-13
  • RUN TIME: 121 Minutes
  • CAST:

    Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre

    Michael Fassbender as Edward Rochester

    Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers

    Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax

    Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Reed

    Imogen Poots as Blanche Ingram

    Holliday Grainger as Diana Rivers

    Tamzin Merchant as Mary Rivers

    Jayne Wisener as Bessie Lee

    Romy Settbon Moore as Adele

    Amelia Clarkson as Young Jane Eyre

    Freya Parks as Helen Burns

    Rosie Cavaliero as Grace Poole

    Harry Lloyd as Richard Mason

Jane Eyre Movie
Jane Eyre Movie
Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender
Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender | Source

Review of Jane Eyre (2011)

Cary Fukunaga directed this the latest in the endless list of Jane Eyre's movies. Apparently there are 21 film and television versions of this story.

The 2011 version of this movie was an extra special version. Fakunaga chose a stellar cast, which included Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, Simon McBurney and Imogen Poots.Then he added two interesting actors for the lead roles -- Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland and The Kids Are All Right) as Jane and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) as Edward Rochester.

Mia is a vivid version of Jane and Michael a truly tormented hero. Elle says that she has a breakthrough in this movie and that "it's her Jane, and Bront's as well." In this version of the movie Elle also says, Jane is reserved not meek and speaks out when required. Jane is luminous. Jane is mischievous. Fukunaga ws determined to give this movie authenticity and Elle closes with "Fukunaga's Jane Eyre is a love story, as fiercely intelligent as it is passionate. He uncovers what the bodice rippers miss: that these lovers are equals and, as such, equally deeply felt aspects of their creator."

"Six years ago 400 prominent women were asked which books had made the greatest difference to their lives. Wuthering Heights came second - just behind Jane Eyre." ~ The London Times

Jane Eyre Movie 2011
Jane Eyre Movie 2011

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Read Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre


"Of Charlotte Bronte's few novels, Jane Eyre is undoubtedly the most brilliant -- passionate, dark and hauntingly eerie. Definitely a must-read." - E.A. Solionas

Jane Eyre Movie Soundtrack
Jane Eyre Movie Soundtrack

The Movie Soundtrack

\Dario Marianelli, who also composed the music for Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, composed the soundtrack for the 2011 version of Jane Eyre. (The score for Atonement won an Oscar in 2008 and the Pride and Prejudice score was nominated for one in 2006.) The score for Jane Eyre is supposedly a suitably romantic and moving score for this new version of Jane Eyre. It features a lot of a solo violin work as played by violinist Jack Liebeck.

The Best Jane Eyre Movies

I read recently that there have been TWENTY ONE Jane Eyre movies made!

I looked to see how many Jane Eyre movies had already been made. Despite expecting to find a few, I was surprised at the number. The ones on this list are five of the best Jane Eyre movies (excluding the 2011 version) and ranked according to those with the BEST Amazon customer reviews. I hope to be able to see a few of them before the release of the new movie in March.

Jane Eyre (2006)

"A wonderful combination, Wilson and Stephens make this "Jane Eyre" sing. Even if you've fallen in love with other versions, there is a vital romanticism that distinguishes this lovely film." ~ K. Harris

UPDATED TO ADD: I just finished watching this, the 2006 Masterpiece production of Jane Eyre, it was superb and I can now HIGHLY RECOMMEND it.

Jane Eyre (1983)

This 1983 version of Jane Eyre stars Timothy Dalton "is a definite "must-buy"---one to be watched and savored over and over again. Enjoy!" ~ An Amazon customer

Jane Eyre (1944)

This 1944 Jane Eyre movie stars Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine and even featuring a small role for Elizabeth Taylor, Amazon customer J. Kara Russell says, "This is simply an exquisite film...and while not as letter-perfectly definitive as the 1983 miniseries, I feel it is overall the BEST, TRUEST VERSION OF JANE EYRE." ~ J, Kara Russell

Jane Eyre (2006)

This 2006 BBC version of Jane Eyre features Sorcha Cusack, Michael Jayston, Hazel Clyne, Zara Jaber and Megs Jenkins.

"For literature purists, this Jane Eyre is a must-see." - Amy Smith

Jane Eyre (1997)

The 1997 version of Jane Eyre starred Samantha Morton, Ciaran Hinds, Gemma Jones, Timia Berthome and Deborah Findlay. An anonymous Amazon customer says, "This version of "Jane Eyre" with Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds is truly the absolute best, most heart-wrenching one I have seen."I watched this, the A & E Home Video version of Jane Eyre, it was also very good. I can also RECOMMEND it.

Would you like to see this version of Jane Eyre? - Or maybe you already have...

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    • DoctorOrEngineer profile image


      6 years ago

      I don't even remember how many times I've seen this. The deleted scenes on the dvd really add a lot and give the film more of a horror type feel. Oh yeah.... I <3 Michael Fassbender!!!!!!!!!!1

    • emmakeynes profile image


      7 years ago

      Actually, I really didn't like it. My favorite Jane Eyre is Masterpiece Theater's "Jane Eyre" with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. That movie is stunning - I could watch it all day. I'm never seeing this new one ever again.

    • Inkhand profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens. I have just watch the movie on iTune, compared to the older versions the 2011 version focus on the dark side of Bronte's characters. I like it.

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      8 years ago

      I think that is out or is coming out as a new DVD releases. I would just check for this type of movie.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Unfortunately, it seems that Jane Eyre is not going to be given a typical movie release. It appeared at one of my local movie theatres (in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) for two weeks and is now at another one for, I assume a short run. That means that, for whatever reason, it is not appearing at most of our movie theatres...I'm disappointed with the limited release and I know many others are. I can only suggest you keep checking with your local theatres.

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      8 years ago

      Where/when will it be in Michigan theaters?

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks, Caitlin, for letting us know. People everywhere are struggling with WHERE to see the movie. We have many theatres here in Ottawa but the movie opened in just one of those and stayed for just a couple of weeks...very disappointing for many.

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      8 years ago

      I've seen it and it was fantastic.I loved it. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      I had no idea a new version of Jane Eyre had been released. I will definitely have to watch for it to arrive in my hometown.

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      8 years ago

      Seen it. Reading the book would help many who go to see this film I think even if its clip notes. Not much to say except the biggest issues with this movie is that others films and TV versions (esp. Rochesters - Orson Welles, Timothy Dalton, Toby Stephens and even William Hurt) were able to stay true to the intensity of the novel and its characters's nature while permitting logical alterations. Unfortunately, because not enough time was dedicated to developing the characters like who is that mysterious masked man (an extra hour 1/2 would have helped) and to showing the chemistry of their interactions, a bland distorted image of the story was left - so much omitted. No true tension is seen with regards to various dynamics, temptation vs fidelity, secrets vs truths, independence vs security, Grecian vs Morose (a novel's joke), Dark/Sexy vs Puritan/Clean etc., even the religious atmosphere is reduced to few clouds on the horizon shame because it said so much of about Jane Eyre. With these dynamics missing Eyre's reactions and decisions seem irrational and pointless no real context. The portrayed Rochester, compared to others and the book, omitted anguish (too romanticized and not balanced) - something I really did not sense with this version perhaps to make it more palatable for today's audiences. Arguments of time constraints may suffice but there are too many theatrical devices and adaptations to the 'contraire'. I addition it was an insult to Michael Fassbender's talent not to give him the opportunity to explore the darkest/deadliest corners of Rochester's psyche along with the struggle to be free of past demons and mistakes - I say this because I am a fan of the man and he is capable e.g. HEX, Hunger, Angel. Most persons who adore the book and read it in the past five years or so have commented on the missing elements. Others seem to doubt Wasikowska's ability to bring forth a mature, complex yet seeking character. I mostly blame the script and some of the direction and it is true that you cannot cram everything in a movie. But selection is key, the right dialogue or lack of makes a difference. Jamie Bell (St. John) was good and Judith Dench (Mrs. Fairfax) of course was perfect, not only because of her acting ability but her intimate knowledge of the character, history and culture of time (check out her other historical pieces). Cinematography, musical score were sound but not enough to impress the film on me - this was no classic. Sorry this is kinda long.

    • honeymishi07 profile image


      8 years ago

      The Jane Eyre 2006 DVD is my favorite adaptation. Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens was spectacular in that version. It would be hard topping that but I'm looking forward to this film nonetheless. :)I've made a lens on Jane Eyre as well, I hope you drop by! :D

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      @honeymishi07: I have seen just two versions. One of them is the version you mention and I agree it will be hard to beat that movie. However, the 2011 Jane Eyre may be the best yet. It looks absolutely AMAZING in the trailers.

    • religions7 profile image


      8 years ago

      Oh, another Jane Eyre movie? Wow, a definite must see :)

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      8 years ago

      This looks like a great one! I am sure I read Jane Eyre at some point, but I really do not remember the story. The movie would be a good review.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      8 years ago

      I am so excited to see this Jane Eyre!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      I'd like to see Jane Eyre. I only vaguely remember the story from reading the book long ago.

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'd consider seeing Jane Eyre. Scenes in the trailer make me think of beautiful artwork and the story has a sense of mystery that makes me want to see more.


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