Excellent performances by Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Judi Dench saved this for me.
It must be really difficult to bring anything new to a story that’s been done so many times before, and the director has tried to be a little different in his approach. The result was that key elements which drive the story took too much of a back seat – Mr Rochester is always a late arrival to the story, but in this version I was beginning to wonder if he would show up at all. Several scenes of Jane wandering around the grounds were long and drawn out, and then the ‘weddding’ scene, pivotal to her relationship with Rochester and a huge turning point in her life, was over in seconds with very little tension. It was a real shame.
If you don’t know the story, then I’m sure it’s as good as any version to watch, but it didn’t bring me anything I didn’t already know.