Jane Eyre

Release date: 9 September 2011
Running time:
121 mins
Cary Fukanaga
Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Judi Dench

After fleeing the imposing Thornfield Hall, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) runs across the eerie, foggy moor until she arrives at the door of young clergyman St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell). While recuperating, Jane reflects on the experiences that formed her, from a Dickensian childhood to her employment as governess for the cruel, cold Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender).

Anyone who's familiar with Charlotte Bronte's much-filmed classic will recognise that this is a brave departure from the text. Director Cary Fukanaga ('Sin Nombre') frames the story as a series of flashbacks, underlining how Jane is haunted by her past. He also gets the best out of a to-die-for cast.

There's a stand-out central performance by 'Alice in Wonderland' star Mia Wasikowska. Michael Fassbender makes a memorable Rochester. And the great Judi Dench is on excellent form as Thornfield's all-knowing housekeeper, Mrs Fairfax.

Screenplay: Moira Buffini

Distributor: Universal

You should see it because: This is an adaptation to delight fans old and new with its outstanding cast and visual verve.

See it if you liked: Pride & Prejudice (2005), Oliver Twis (2005), Bright Star (2009)