Jane Eyre (M) ★ ★ ½

SINCE Charlotte Bronte put pen to paper in the 1800s, the novel “Jane Eyre” has been dissected by critics and hailed a classic.

Meanwhile, high school students have tried to find the best film adaptation to avoid having to flip a single page. Fans of the book and academic slobs can now rejoice, as director Carey Fukunaga has delivered a movie that will satisfy both groups.

Jane (Mia Wasikowska, pictured) survives a harsh upbringing after being orphaned, and sets off into the world as a governess. She is employed by the abrupt Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender) and a relationship develops.

Fukunaga has taken the traditional approach and given the setting a Gothic feel that adds authenticity to the story.

The cast is outstanding – Wasikowska has maturity beyond her years and gives a lot of strength to her character.

Fassbender is great, while Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins and Judi Dench provide fine support.

The run time is a problem, as two hours is way too long. Unless you’re a big fan of the source material, you may struggle to engage.

At Greater Union Manuka, Dendy and Hoyts

Reviewer Cameron Williams has a movie website at popcornjunkie.wordpress.com
Regular film reviewer Dougal Macdonald is on leave

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