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This was bought for me as a birthday present, as the book is my favourite. I put off watching it until what felt like the optimum moment - after a nice roast on a chilly lazy sunday evening.
This was not worth the wait.
The issue with many adaptations of classics is that the books tend to be much more dialogue based, which is a hard thing to get across in a two hour film. With this adaptation, I felt like a lot of the character development, espacially with Jane, but also with the other characters, was lost completely. Although Mr Rochester did come across like the bad tempered, passionate man he is, Jane became a soft, simpering lost young woman. Her fiery nature vanished, her clever wordplay was non existant, and the story was no longer the gripping tale it should and could have been. Many important plot points were lost - and again this is always going to be a problem when turning a book into a film.
My partner, watching it with me, had never read the book upon which it was based and whilst he felt it was a good story, the strange flash back story telling at the beginning lost him slightly.
I must admit that Mr Rochester was as well acted as the time given would allow, and Mia Wasikowska was a good actress in the role which she had been given. However, that role was not Jane Eyre as any reader of the book would have known her.