Apr. 16th, 2011

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I just saw Jane Eyre (2011) tonight, and it was quite faithful to Charlotte Bronte's book.  The artistry and acting were quite phenomenal in hindsight.  I quite enjoyed the media res chronology that kept up the suspense.  However, what struck me the most in the theater was both the horror and humor that really came across on the screen, in a way that it didn't for me in the novel.  In fact, in a couple of instances, people in the theater had let loose unintentional screams when random characters popped up out of nowhere, cast in shadows and gloomy lighting.  It was that frightening apparently. The tension was palpable, and I believe that only because I knew what was going to happen was I able to laugh at some of the cliches and absurdities of the story (but that may just be me, considering I've always found Jane Eyre alternately melodramatic and neat-and-tidy at turns).  

In addition to the intentional humor of witty banter between Jane and Rochester, what garnered a fair amount of snickering on my part was the Twilight-esque nature of the movie.  This is to be taken with a grain of salt as my knowledge of Twilight only extends to what I gather from friends who have seen or read it.  Rochester has the creepy possessive stalking down to a T.  Just watch the trailer below and you'll see what I mean.  Furthermore, the dark secret in the attic, and the visitor that gets bit in the neck by something or someone... well. Obviously, it's to be expected that a gothic novel would bring to mind  vampire romances, especially when vampire-human relations are the ultimate manifestation of may-september romances--the attraction between 'pure and innocent' and 'dark and dangerous.'

My thoughts on St. John Rivers in the movie *spoilery* )

Definitely worth a watch.  Check out the official trailer below.  It really does a good job of amping up the tension.


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