Friday, April 13, 2012
Review by Toby Lattimore
Jane Eyre (PG)
This timeless Bronte classic demands a strong female lead. Mia Wasikowska has some of what is needed but so often leaves the viewer with an unrealistic feeling. There is an imbalance.
At times Jane appears convincingly true to the story but then her direction changes and we are left wanting. It is all too evident the relatively inexperienced director, Cary Fukunaga, struggles to ‘make good’ the emotional ties of Jane Eyre with the artistic interpretation of Mia Wasikowska, especially when she is so pivotal to the drama.
The visually impressive moors are underused, the snap shots of the landscape more oil painting than submersible environment and the people do not feel part of that world.
That is apart from Mr Rochester himself, played by the excellent Michael Fassbender, who wants to embody the role with a boyish slant on a brooding man but wrestles with an awkward opposite number. Even the indomitable Dame Judi Dench brings little stability to a rocking ship that crashes head long into the rocks as the film sinks in a motif-less ending.