It’s briskly handled, all this. Fukunaga is impressively disinclined to show off as a director – he has a quiet faith in everything at his disposal, from Michael O’Connor’s persuasive costumes to the bluish light and overcast elegance of Adriano Goldman’s cinematography. “Have Judi Dench, won’t make a fuss of her” might be his motto – she’s modestly wonderful as the Thornfield housekeeper Mrs Fairfax. And the score, by Joe Wright’s habitual composer Dario Marianelli, uses rising, trembling violins to shivery effect, over austere discords that make thwarted love feel like a craggy feature of the landscape.
This sounds very promising. I have always found most Jane Eyre adaptations lack something - well, the book really, but will give this one a whirl.
I very much enjoyed the last BBC adaptation with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens but found some of the 'modern' dialogue irritating and the final scene with a happy family group in the garden a bit much to take. I had presumed it was put there as it would help foreign sales. I did think the tension between Rochester and Jane in this version was palpable, so will see this new one as soon as I can and see how it compares.
I do remember with huge fondness the BBC version with Timothy Dalton...oh be still my beating heart!