Michael Fassbender is the brooding Rochester to Mia  Wasikowska’s Jane Eyre.

Michael Fassbender is the brooding Rochester to Mia Wasikowska’s Jane Eyre.

Classic gets a new re-telling

  • Apr. 27, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Moviegoers who are wondering what to do after voting and before election results come out have a great opportunity to attend Vernon Film Society’s next show Monday, May 2.

Jane Eyre has been made into a movie or TV show approximately 20 times, and though all based on Charlotte Bronte’s novel, each one gives us the story in a slightly different way.

This newest version is a feast for the eyes and stars some superb actors. Mia Wasikowska (The Kids are Alright, Alice in Wonderland) shows her early training as a dancer when conveying every emotion.

Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds) is a suitably brooding Rochester, whose piercing tormented eyes immediately intrigue and also repel the young Jane.

The story is told in flashback fashion, starting with Jane wandering the moors in sorrow and being picked up by a kindly pastor (Jamie Bell, now all grown up after his early success as Billy Elliott). The movie goes back to Jane’s early brutal childhood and terrible days in a girls’ school before coming to Thornfield Hall and meeting Rochester.

Great supporting performances are turned in by the ever versatile Judi Dench and Sally Hawkins who filmgoers will recall recently in the much enjoyed movie Made in Dagenham.

Jane Eyre was directed by Cary Fukunaga and, as one critic says, “He engrosses himself and his actors in the cloaked gloom of the era, stirring up the passion and life that’s been there all along in Charlotte Bronte’s story…. Just a great story impeccably shot and acted, and a film impossible to shake.”

Jane Eyre will screen at the Vernon Towne Cinema Monday at 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. All tickets are $7 and are available at Bean Scene one week prior to the showing and at the door.