I have been having so much FUN watching all these adaptations of Jane Eyre. You might not think it would be fun to watch Jane Eyre and only Jane Eyre for weeks at a time, but, surprisingly enough I am having a delightful time with this project of mine. Why? Even though not every adaptation gets every, little thing right, even though some interpretations of Bronte's original novel don't make me giddy in delight--even though a few scenes in a few adaptations make me cringe--I have found enough to enjoy in each and every adaptation.
For the most part I enjoyed this adaptation of Jane Eyre. I really enjoyed William Hurt as Mr. Rochester. I think he did a good job in capturing Charlotte Bronte's hero. Perhaps he isn't fully-fully realized or brought to life in this adaptation, a few scenes are missing, a few exchanges are missing, but, for the most part he plays the role right. (The gypsy-fortune-teller scene is missing from this adaptation. And some of the couple's conversations are cut short or eliminated from this abridgment.)
Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre. This is closer to how I imagined it from the book. Perhaps this stood out to me because I thought it was done so horribly in the 1997 adaptation.
The second scene that has proved oh-so-tricky to get right is after-the-non-wedding, post-big-reveal scene. This movie gets a passing score not so much for what it does, but for what it doesn't do. It isn't a monstrous temper tantrum or a make-out session. Rochester isn't yelling, screaming, grabbing, pushing, pulling, or demanding.
Overall, this one does take liberties with the book. It is not as faithful as it could be. St. John Rivers is not her cousin, he is rector at Gateshead or near Gateshead. She meets St. John Rivers and his sister, Mary Rivers, not in her desperate hour of need when she's running away from Mr. Rochester, but, instead when she goes to visit her dying Aunt Reed. She returns to them after her bitter disappointment, but, they are already acquainted with her. She does inherit her money (unlike the 1997 adaptation) but she's never as desperate and friendless in this one. For St. John Rivers and his sister know they are taking care of a wealthy heiress.
Jane Rescues Mr. Rochester (fire scene)
Blanche Ingram and "guests" on governesses
Jane Leaves Mr. Rochester after the big reveal
Have you seen this adaptation? What did you think? Do you have a favorite adaptation?
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