Movie Review: Jane Eyre

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Ratings: 4/5
Out of all the classics that I have literally swallowed, Jane Eyre is the one that has remained embedded into my bloodstream without ever leaving or fading into the deep recesses of my heart. I still remember that first copy of the evergreen classic that I had the honour of owning. I was merely ten years old and forever hungry for books, books and more books. Honestly, the reason I choose that book was not just because the synopsis spoke to me, but also because it was the thickest book on the shelf! Oh yes, I wanted the book that would last the longest. And the rest is history.
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Somehow the story of this plain, obscure and intelligent, yet simply marvellous girl made more of a difference in my life than any classic heroine ever had. So imagine my surprise and pleasure when I realised that a thrilling and magnificent movie had been made just a couple of years ago that was bound to revive some of the most heart-touching memories of my childhood.

Jane Eyre the movie is one of the most well made adaptations of the book ever made, or so the ratings suggest. Mia Wasikowska has done complete justice to the role of a plain yet independent governess that is Jane Eyre. Slowly but surely, the movie tugs at our hearts when we witness little Jane’s plight at her aunt’s home, and then at the extremely strict and borderline cruel boarding school named Lowood which she was shipped off to. Soon enough Jane grows into a smart young woman, who is exceptionally skilled at sketching, thus securing a position at Thronfield Hall as a governess.

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Soon Jane encounters the owner of Thronfield Hall, the dark and mysterious Mr. Edward Rochester played by Michael Fassbender, who falls in love with Jane before long. Before long, Jane returns his feeling and they spend some of the most breathtaking and joyous moments on the grounds of Thronfield Hall. However, there is something much more sinister that lurks at Thronfield Hall, and is bound to destroy any chance of happiness they can hope to have as a couple.

The costumes, the pleasing cinematography prove to be such amazing visual treats that the movie manages to take your breath away multiple times. It is everything and more that can be expected from a movie based on a classic novel. If you wish to be transported into a world of green meadows, strong and self made heroines, and men with shady pasts, Jane Eyre has all of that and more to offer.

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Heading Back to the Classics

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I only recently watched The Great Gatsby, one of the most hyped movies of the year, and despite not being overwhelmed by the movie as a whole, I was deeply moved by the storyline and the brilliant character of Mr. Jay Gatsby. When it comes to classics, I am an absolute and irreversible sucker for them. It is not just the rich language, and the brilliant plots, but mostly the whole aura of such a fantastic era that is embossed on the pages of so many books.

Classics represent a time when there were no easy modes of communication and transportation, and you had to go through great lengths to actually get a word across and travel with a lot of difficulty when the need arose. They are about a time that marked propriety, and elegance, that is so very much lost in the present day and age where everything has to be ‘fast’ as everyone is running towards this unforeseeable horizon that I am yet to grasp the concept of. Modern literature still has a long way to go in order to even grasp a few lingering shreds that are left of the marvellous world that the classics transport us to.

Call me weird, but I really admire the world that classics hold for us. It is an absolute marvel how Jane Eyre managed to rise above her station and lead a happy and fulfilling life; how Anna Karenina gave up a life of respectability just for the sake of love only to meet a tragic end; how the three Musketeers who belong to different backgrounds still manage to find common grounds in order to protect their king. All these tales and the era to which they belong make our lives seem too easy to be of any significance.

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Today I purchased The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I intend to read many more classics from now on, as it was the likes of Jane Eyre and Julius Ceaser that turned me into an avid reader, not modern literature. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy books that are written by contemporary writers; however, they do lack the attraction that classics hold for me.

I am going to try and read all the classics that have been on my reading list for a long time now, and I do hope that my friends and family members do not disown me if I turn up in a Victorian ensemble at the next social gathering. 

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