“Jane Eyre” is not a movie in my wheelhouse, I’ll just go ahead and declare. I am generally not a fan of Victorian-era literature adapted to film, even the ones that people think are good like “Pride and Prejudice.” In general, I find period pieces and costume dramas to be stuffy and boring.
This “Jane Eyre” is a movie I was predisposed to hate, and while I wouldn’t go that far in my dismissal of it, I certainly didn’t enjoy watching it. Cary Joji Fukunanga’s latest reincarnation of Charlotte Bronte’s heroine is at least a step up from the unwatchable “Sin Nombre,” but that’s about the brightest praise I can bestow upon it.
“Jane Eyre” is dull and low-energy from the start; I could feel my limited interest evaporating quickly within the first ten minutes of the film. I kept watching mainly out of my own stubborn reluctance, but I should have stopped myself out of common sense. I was hoping it might redeem itself (or my $2 on Amazon Instant Video), or perchance I could get a more thorough review out of it.
However, I saw everything I needed to see within a few scenes. The costumes and sets are well-crafted, sure, but that’s to be expected. Everyone would balk if the production values weren’t impeccable because that’s practically why these movies are made. Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre and Michael Fassbender as her Mr. Rochester are suitably poised but as melodramatic and unentertaining as the rest of the film.
This “Jane Eyre” was a flat, boring experience for me … but again, this is not my kind of movie. It wasn’t made to please people like me, so maybe it’s better that it did nothing for me at all. C /