After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) is hired by Edward Fairfax Rochester (Michael Fassbender), the brooding lord of the mysterious manor house Thornfield Hall, to care for his young daughter. She soon discovers Rochester has a dark secret.
If you're someone who likes to get your Bronte on then this reboot of Jane Eyre is the one for you. It is a grandiose production with attention spent on making every gothic detail come to life. The film boasts a great cast with an overabundance of British actors like Sally Hawkins, Jamie Bell, Tamzin Merchant and Dame Judi Dench.
It is also, possibly, the first version of the film to get the casting of Jane Eyre right, she was plain and very young in the book. Wasikowska does a sterling and believable job as orphan Jane, an intelligent, honest girl who fears she may never experience a sense of family.
Reboot Information: There are many reboots of Jane Eyre. The first was allegedly made in 1910 which makes 100 years of the retelling of a pretty good story. My personal favourite is the 1943 version with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine for its amazing cinematography and acting.
The cinematography in the 2011 Jane Eyre is excellent as well and for a story that relies heavily on bleakness the film is remarkably alive and colourful.
Fassbender was made to play Rochester it's as if Bronte wrote the part for him. And, he does it very well as Rochester's character is confusing, he wants Jane, he doesn't want Jane, he plays games with Jane. It is obvious Jane is his intellectual equal but she also holds the moral high ground as his secret is revealed.
The only issue I had was with the ending of the film being completely underwhelming. I get that the Director was going for "subtle" but a bit more passion and warmth wouldn't have gone astray in this classic gothic love story.