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Jane Eyre  (DVD)
Member Name: blazeybug
Jane Eyre  (DVD)
Date: 27/06/09, updated on 27/06/09 (22 review reads)
Advantages: The acting is brilliant
Disadvantages: Some really sad heart wrenching parts
I bought this when I was in Tesco's as I love the BBC adaptions of Pride and Prejudice (oooooh Mr Darcy!) and Sense and Sensability.
The story revolves around Jane Eyre, who when she is little lives with her aunt and uncle, Mr and Mrs Reed as her parents had died. Her uncle soon dies and she is left with Mrs Reed, who does not like the child's willful and passionate nature. She is shunned from the family and treated terribly.
When she is 10 she is sent to Lowood School for girls where she meets her first ever friend, Helen. Whilst talking one day Jane asks about when they are older how they can leave the school (as they are expected to stay there and become teacher). Helen tells her that they "advertise".
Unfortunately Helen dies soon after but Jane takes her advice. When she is of age she advertises as a Governess and is offered a position to teach Adele, the ward of a Mr Rochester of Thornfield Hall.
It becomes a typical tale of the governess falling in love with the Master of House, or so you are led to believe. I will not go into further detail but I assure you that there are lots of unexpected twists in the story and it is actually quite dark.
Ruth Wilson plays an amazing Jane. Her expression, or lack of is fabulous and I love that fact that Jane is a very strong character. Although quiet and polite she is quite upfront and has strong opinions. Every line that Wilson utters is with conviction and you really go through the emotions with her, her confusion and frustrations.
Toby Stephens is an exceptional Mr Rochester. He plays the character so well and you can see he is a man who is tortured with quite a dark past. I like the fact that Rochester plays games with Jane and toys with her emotions a little in an effort to find out her feelings for him. It's what makes it different from the other period dramas as its not simple and clean cut.
The chemistry between the pair is electric and although its 'way back when' you can really feel the sexual tension, particularly on Rochester's part which is again something you don't often see. In other drama's it is kept very proper but I find that this is not the case in this one. I think they act quite improperly throughout which adds to its credability.
I also love the costume designs, the fact that Jane is always in drab colours and everything about Jane is plain, grey and white in comparisons to the beautiful purples and blues of some of the other characters.
My partner also likes this too, which says a lot. When I stick on Pride and Prejudice he rolls his eyes and runs to his PS3 but will actually sit and watch Jane Eyre (asking me to explain parts throughout which drives me insane!) as he thinks it's quite a dark twisted tale in contrast to the 'other boring plain and simple love stories'.
The fact that it comes in episodes and 2 disks to me is pointless as you won't be able to stop once you get into the plot and will watch the lot in one go!
I don't think there is anything I can fault with this adaption.
Summary: Amazing. Watch it! I mean get to HMV NOW and buy it!