Jane Eyre (Toby Stephens) - (Import DVD)
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Marguerite, South Africa. 30 January 2017
This is a fine production and well worth the money. I have only two gripes about this film and they are, that too little time is spent on Jane's childhood experiences, particularly her experience in the Red Room at her aunt's house, and the extent of Mr Rochester's injuries in the fire are played down to such an extent as to be negligible.
Jane's childhood, both before and during her attendance at Lowood School, is the foundation for the rest of the story. Her strength of character as an adult is a direct result of her upbringing, but the viewer does not see enough of it. Instead Jane appears almost fully formed as the adult governess who is able to weather all sorts of personal storms with an amazing equanimity.
With regards Mr Rochester's injuries in the fire at Netherfield, he is blinded as a result of these injuries, yet he has barely a scar to show for his ordeal. He still has a full head of hair and no damage to eyebrow or eyelashes, which would have been impossible had he been seriously injured. His physical appearance is important to the story, because despite his scarring (which would have been extensive), Jane is not put off by his appearance but loves him unreservedly. This is an important element in the the theme of the story, and it does not have the necessary impact in the film. Nevertheless credit is due to Toby Stephens for his portrayal of an emotionally complex character - it is a great pity that he was not rewarded with at least a BAFTA nomination.
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