Hello! I noticed that there hasn't yet been any discussion of the latest film version, and I thought I might start something up. It just came into my town last week, so I've only now been able to see it (and as of tonight, I've seen it twice).
I enjoyed the movie. I invariably compared it to my personal favorite filmed version (of the three I've seen), the 2006 miniseries. I tried to stop myself, but it kept happening (and I'll get to this more in my answers to the questions). To focus on this one, I thought it was beautifully filmed, well acted, I really liked the costumes (it was so nice to see Jane in some colors other than grey, even if they were rather demure colors). I expected to be a bit more overwhelmed by the score since I knew going into it that it was by Dario Marianelli (whose Pride and Prejudice score I still listen to all the time and which was almost a character in its own right of that particular movie), but it served more (I thought) as just a background, to set the tone of certain scenes. I suppose the starkness of the score helped give viewers a sense of the starkness of Thornfield at times. It's a big, grand house, but most of the year or when Mr. Rochester is away, it's nearly empty, it feels empty.
Here are a few questions, but feel free to say anything or add any of your own opinions or questions for others.
1) Did you enjoy the movie?
2) Given its time constraints, do you think it was a faithful adaptation of our beloved Jane Eyre? If so, did you think it did the narrative justice, or was it more the spirit of the novel that was preserved?
3) How did you like the various actors in their roles? Were there any stand-outs (either positive or negative, though please, no bashing)?
4) Is this your favorite adaptation? If not, which is, and how do you think this version stacks up to it?
5) Were they any plot points or character traits you especially missed or thought would have improved the movie if retained? On the other hand, what was changed/left out that you thought worked well in the film?
And discuss! I'll answer these in a comment so I don't take over your flist.