||[Apr. 3rd, 2011|12:00 am]
I finally got to see the new Jane Eyre today and really enjoyed it. I had some issues with it (that I'll get to later), but the movie accomplished what the book hadn't...It made me sympathize and care for Jane and Mr. Rochester. They were repressed yet passionate, and really quite witty. I felt a distance to the book, which made the dramatic events and situations just seem silly and outrageous rather than horrifying. The movie Jane convinced me that she was a passionate person very, very bottled up. I actually felt sorry for the movie Mr. Rochester, while in the book I was mostly repelled and annoyed by him. Like Emma, I plan on rereading the book to see if I like it better now that I care more about the characters.
My BIG issue with the movie is the soundtrack. It was, to me, very overdone and cliched. Lots of strings, lots of gloom and doom and melancholy. I felt like the score was pounding on me relentlessly, while the characters did the repressed yet passionate thing so well. Another more minor issue I had was with the shaky cam moments. Maybe I'm just overly sensitive to shaky cam because I DESPISE it, but I feel like it's a cop out way to convey a sense of anxiety or nervousness or whatever. It throws me out of the story and makes me want to strangle the director every time it happens. Luckily, in this movie it happens very little. Another small thing: I think St. John Rivers wasn't overbearing enough, but I suppose in the great scheme of things it doesn't matter much.