Still fangirling over Michael Fassbender, I watched his other films. After falling for him first in X-Men: First Class (2011), rekindled it in Inglourious Basterds (2009) plus, I didn't realize that he's in 300 (2006), this time I watched Jane Eyre (2011). (Greetings British film that capture the life of high class and middle class people in 1830s. Hello again!) Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre, Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers and Michael Fassbender as Edward Fairfax Rochester.
I have never fully read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, I only read the simplified version of it (for kids) when I was in my first year of senior high. So I didn't really know the atmosphere of the novel, etc. But in my opinion this version has some better qualities compared to the BBC version of 2006, starring Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson. First, the character of Jane Eyre by Mia Wasikowska is captured perfectly according to the character's real age in the novel. Mia Wasikowska makes Jane Eyre more humane, giving us insights of her terrible past and childhood and at the same time not decreasing her character. Michael Fassbender's Edward Rochester is also more constantly coarse, real and sympathetic (besides of course more effortlessly handsome than Toby Stephen's portrayal).
Unfortunately, with Michael Fassbender being cast as Edward Rochester, they should have casted someone at least 'equal' to him as St. John Rivers. Placing Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers is really a no-match for Michael Fassbender, moreover with his tendency to rebel-insecure-appearance (I always capture this teenage-rebel-appearance whenever I watch Jamie Bell). I have to say that Jamie Bell is somewhat miscast. (Plus, his great chemistry with Mia Wasikowska from Defiance (2008) still lingers in me, so...) The cinematography is really beautiful with its candlelights, shades and natural lights. The choice of music is a no-brainer. The costumes are marvelous. Plus, they have Judi Dench playing as Mrs. Fairfax! (Is Judi Dench overrated? Maybe, but I still adore her)
What this film lacks of, is time. I wish it would be longer, even though I like the brief ending better in this film than in the 2006 version. It gives more room to our imagination about how the ending will proceed. Being a TV mini series, the 2006 version is more unimpeded dealing with the development of its characters and making sure its correct connection with the novel. Also what I find disturbing is in the scene when Jane Eyre sitting by herself in her small 'schouse'. She wrapped herself in blanket that has embedded modern font in it, see for yourself. I find it utterly disturbing. Where the hell they got the blanket from? Setting, properties... hello?