First Impressions of Jane Eyre 2011

It was the fastest two hours I’ve ever spent at the movies. As the credits were rolling I found myself thinking, “Is that IT? Is it over already?” Not because the film ended abruptly, but because time just stood still while I was watching.


  • Jane does NOT look over the battlements; no rookery is shown
  • Rochester is NOT sleeping in the nude while his bed is burning
  • Rochester is NOT disguised as a gypsy
  • Jane does NOT get “a hearty kissing” the night before the wedding
  • Jane does NOT say, “Oh, I will give my heart to God, you do not want it.”

And most devastating of all:

  • Rochester does NOT call Jane “provoking puppet”


  • Helen DOES die in Jane’s arms
  • The scenes with Judi Dench WERE amazing. Just perfect Fairfax.
  • Rochester DOES say “And it is you, spirit—with will and energy, and virtue and purity—that I want: not alone your brittle frame.” Not a matching quote, but the essence was there. Something along the lines of: “You are like a reed … I could crush you between finger and thumb … but I could still not have your soul, and that is what I want!”

It was curious to me which details were included but were ultimately superfluous: why include the Rivers sisters at all if their only purpose was to hand St. John one sketch, or ask him why doesn’t he kiss Jane on the lips? Why include ten seconds of Eliza and Georgiana sitting on a couch?

I am currently writing a review (“compare and contrast the use of Gothic imagery …”). Until then, let me just say that it was exquisite but not definitive.

Thank you, Nan! Really looking forward to reading your review! 😀

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