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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 3, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Off for the weekend, with “Jane Eyre”

I’m off tomorrow, making up for Oscar night. But tonight (Thursday), when some of you are at “North by Northwest,” I’ll be at a screening of “Jane Eyre.” Looking forward to it; the Charlotte Bronte novel is one of my all-time favorites, and I’m curious what Cary Fukunaga can bring to it. And I wonder if it’ll measure to a truly excellent version of “Jane Eyre” made by the BBC a few years back, starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens (who is, for the record, the son of Dame Maggie Smith). It’s not fair to compare the two — the BBC “Jane Eyre” was a four-hour television version, whereas Fukunaga’s will be half the length — but it’s intriguing to consider the casting. In this scene, early on, Stephens seems to have just the right mixture of dreamboat and brooding misanthrope, and Wilson nicely plays Jane’s smart but not yet wise innocence.

Mia Wasikowska (of “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Kids Are All Right”) plays Jane in the new film, opposite Michael Fassbender (“Fish Bowl”) as Rochester, and I can see how it just might work. (Plus Judi Dench as the housekeeper, Mrs. Fairfax.) (And plus that the screenwriter is named Moira Buffini, a name I find inexplicably charming.) Have a lovely weekend, at Thornfield Hall or otherwise, and we’ll talk “Jane Eyre” soon.

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