or this UK version.
the story then flashed of her earlier life as an orphan mistreated and casted off by her aunt, Mrs Reed of Gateshead (Sally Hawkins) to Lowood School for Girls for being passionate and opinionated. though she was subjected to extreme prejudice and shame at the charity school due to her aunt's misleading testimonial that she was deceitful, Jane (Amelia Clarkson) met a very nice girl, Helen Burns (Freya Parks) who became her fast friend.
however, Helen then died of consumption in her sleep, in Jane's arms.
Jane grew up at the school and later left to be a governess to Adele Varens (Romy Settbon Moore), the ward of Mr Edward Rochester Fairfax (Michael Fassbender) at Thornfield Hall.
from the moment he set his eyes on Jane, Mr Rochester was transfixed and thus seek to have her by all means though he is bound by the law to his estranged, mad wife, Bertha Antoinetta Mason (Valentina Cervi) whom he put in seclusion and away from people's knowledge.
after she came back from visiting the dying Mrs Reed, Jane was told by Mrs Fairfax that Mr Rochester intended to marry Miss Blanche Ingram. It broke her heart and she offered to leave. during that conversation, Mr Rochester confessed of wanting to make Jane his wife. unknown to the fact that Mr Rochester is a married man, Jane accepted his proposal of marriage.
however Mr Rochester's ruse was exposed on the day they were supposed to be married and being a good Christian, Jane though she pitied and loved him still, had walked away and left Thornfield.
delirious, Jane had stumbled in cold weather at the door of the Rivers', a missionary family led by St John (Jamie Bell). Diana (Holliday Grainger) and Mary Rivers (Tamzin Merchant) took care of Jane and when it was found that Jane inherited a large sum of money from her deceased uncle, John Madeira, Jane shared it with the Rivers whom she seek to be their sisters.
however St John had taken fancy of her and asked her to go to India with him as his wife. Jane agreed to accompany him to India but refused to marry him. incensed, St John accused her of committing blasphemy to God for still pining for Mr Rochester.
At that precise moment Jane realized that she must return to Thornfield – to secure her own future and finally, to conquer what haunted both her and Rochester.
it took me weeks to finish the movie in whole. and i love to repeat the scene where Mr Edward Rochester Fairfax came clean with Jane of his true intention and later on propose to her. truly, MF's voice was haunting.. the chemistry between him and MW seems real and deep. and the despair on the night they parted after the truth was exposed, i pitied Mr Rochester, really. you can taste the tears in his words T-T
MR: i can bend you with my finger and my thumb, a mere reed you feel in my hands. God, whatever i do with this cage, i cannot get to you. and it's your soul that I want. why don't you come of your own free will?
JE: God, help me!
the storyline where the sequence of the story was interlaced was to my liking. and the fact that it was put forth that the Rivers are only adopted by Jane as her family and not really her family through John Madeira as depicted in the book, won my vote. the cinematography was also nice.
Jane Eyre is one of my fave Bronte book. and watching the 2011's version made me go through the earlier versions. be patient ya, i'm going to review the 1996 version.
till then, enjoy this :)
ps: i refrained myself from giving 5 star due to the fact that i lamented earlier, that Jane Eyre was so carefree with her kisses after Mr Rochester became her fiance. perhaps JE and MR should have taken a leaf from Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet :grins:
added bonus, a Featurette: