Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jane Eyre Hardly Tickles The Fancy

By Sir Jasper Barone, Top Critic
Shropshire, United Kingdom

Harummph…. this old thing again. Indeed! You’d have to be daft not to know this story already, so let’s just get on with it, shall we?

Jane Eyre is the tale of a disenfranchised girl with a troubled upbringing who finds herself a job as governess to the young ward of a volatile English gentleman. As they say, opposites attract, and the sensible young Jane falls head over heels for her broody employer. As with any proper English courtship, they must endlessly tiptoe around each other’s foibles before stuffy old Mr. Rochester finally confesses his mutual love for Jane and they prepare to wed. However, a shocking revelation at the wedding has the viewer wondering if these lovers will get their happy ending, or if we’re simply in store for more brooding.

The 2011 remake of this classic tale of love and betrayal doesn’t stray far from any of its BBC predecessors. This is not Baz Luhrman’s modern twist on Romeo & Juliet, we’re playing strictly by the rules here. Therefore, the only elements we can assess is how capable the actors are of portraying the Bronte’s immortalized lovers, Jane and Rochester. Michael Fassbender gets on perfectly well as Rochester, balancing the severe and the pathetic in just the right doses. Alice in Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska injects some childlike innocence into the role, underscoring the significant age difference between herself and her moody employer. She has the plain-Jane role down to a tee, being both easy on the eyes, but also believably British looking (unlike the pouty miss Kiera Knightly who makes Jane Austen read like a Paris runway). Personally I preferred the 1996 performance of that screwball Charlotte Gainsbourg who showed her panty-hamster in 2009’s Antichrist.

Summary: I once got cockeyed drunk with the Newfoundland that played Pilot. And just between us? Total bum-bandit.

Wags: 2/5

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