Certainly not a plain Jane Eyre

The latest screen version of JANE EYRE, Charlotte Bronte‘s classic romantic novel, is a gorgeous, sweeping, passionate, visually striking film.

It may have seemed a strange choice of director but Cary Fukunaga, who brought us the very different debut feature Sin Nombre, has been an inspired one for the new version of Charlotte Bronte’s JANE EYRE.

Mia Wasikowska as Jane and Michael Fassbender as Rochester in Jane Eyre

Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender

He’s helped in no small part by two of cinemas brightest talents right now in Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, who deliver powerhouse performances as Jane and Rochester that draw you in and leave you stirred and sometimes breathless. And in smaller roles, the ever brilliant Jamie Bell and the incomparable Judi Dench, support and quietly add further weight to the drama.

JANE EYRE is one of the great stories, here told afresh with a drive and urgency that you’d hope to find in any modern thriller. Moira Buffini‘s sharp and at times very dryly witty script, allow you into a story about equality and freedom that’s as universal today as it would have been shocking at the time it was written.

The seemingly plain JANE EYRE at the heart of this version, is a beautiful and accomplished creature who leaves many other literary adaptations in its wake.