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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

May 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

“Jane Eyre,” revisited

This past weekend, while everyone was flocking to “Fast Five” (and hey, I had fun at that movie too), my book group and I went to see “Jane Eyre” on a sunny Sunday. There were maybe 20 people at the Seven Gables (we were four of them), and I think we were all transported away from that lovely Seattle day to a remote estate in the English countryside, where a very young woman bravely voiced what she wanted from her life, and what seemed impossible. All of my group loved the movie (me for the second time) and spoke especially of Moira Buffini’s cleverly condensed screenplay (we missed the fortune teller, but sacrifices must be made to come in at two hours), Mia Wasikowska’s passionate performance (it was noted that Jane’s physical awakening was a subtle yet unmistakeable presence in the movie, as it should be), the beautiful, shadowy lighting, and the way the picturesque landscape was used in the storytelling. Though it received mostly rave reviews, “Jane Eyre” hasn’t exactly burned up the box office this season; earning just $8.7 million through this weekend. If you’ve been thinking about seeing this one on the big screen, do go; it won’t be around much longer, and it’s well worth the trip. And I’d forgotten, having seen the movie for the first time nearly two months ago, how very much I loved the final line: “Awaken then.”
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