Monday, March 5, 2012
There have been countless film and television adaptations of Charlotte Brontë's perennially popular 1847 novel, Jane Eyre. 2011's Academy Award-nominated version is far superior to most of them. Australian-born Mia Wasikowska brings an inner strength and grace to the role of the young governess who gains the admiration of her employer at Thornfield Hall, Mr. Rochester (Shame's Michael Fassbender). Oscar winner Judi Dench's Mrs. Fairfax is an example of acting at its best: she wears the character as comfortably as an old shoe and never strives to be showy in the role. The movie is updated in its technique, but the adaptation is faithful to the original without trying to "improve" it or "make it relevant." The actors' superior performances show why some classics are timeless. The film also stars Jamie Bell. Our screening will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m., showing on our 55" widescreen, high-definition TV.