That Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel has seen so many incarnations is a testament to her story’s enduring power to speak across generations. Jane Eyre, with her proto-feminist longings and strong moral center, and the love she shares with Edward Rochester, her employer and classic Byronic hero, beckon modern storytellers again and again. With this new adaptation, director Fukunaga (Sin Nombre
) displays a firm visual hand and expressionistic mastery. The only aspect of Jane Eyre
that is not fully palpable is the passion between the governess and her master. Wasikowska and Fassbender are both splendid as the protagonists, but there is little spark, hunger, or lust that ignites between the two separated-by-circumstance lovers. Although Jane Eyre
wants for the depth of passion we might expect from this Gothic couple, the film boasts a wealth of attention to other details. Perhaps every decade gets the Jane Eyre
it deserves: Is the emphasis of conscience over passion emblematic of our times? Read a full review of Jane Eyre.