I had heard great things about both of these movies, and was really looking forward to seeing Jane Eyre as I've loved the book since I was a child (books on tape got us through many many car rides, but we didn't have too many - "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "Anne of Green Gables", "Little Women" and "Jane Eyre" in rotation).
**Some spoilers if you don't know the story already**
Jane Eyre is Mia Wasikoska's first adult leading role and she takes care of a beloved literary character extremely well. However, it's sadly the leading men in Jamie Bell and Michael Fassbender that make the movie really memorable. Jane Eyre is an orphan forced to live with an aunt to hates her. She's sent to boarding school where the headmaster believes her deceitful and orders the girls not to befriend her. So after she has a miserable childhood, she's pretty excited to get a good job in a fancy estate as a tutor to a little french girl, the ward of Mr. Rochester (Fassbender). There are mysteries in the house, but the housekeeper, Judi Dench is able to explain them away. Over time, even though she is "plain" and poor and Mr. Rochester wealthy and snobbish, they fall in love. However, on their wedding day a man appears to stop the wedding arguing that Mr. Rochester is already married. Bastard. He totally is and has kept his crazy, suicidal wife in the attic (all the mysterious noises) but still wants to marry Jane.
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