I saw this movie at the beginning of July, but I have been thinking about it ever since. Even in its subtlety, it has blown me away. It is a wonderfull period drama, but it is also so much more than that. Let me fist say that the scenery and the cinematography is stunning, but what really got my heart racing was the score of the movie. I have been a fan of Dario Marianelli for a while (he made the breathtaking score for Atonement and the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice), but this time he really took me by surprise. The music is dark and heavy, but it really captures the gothic, eerie and foggy scenery that is the English moors. The violin of Jack Liebeck really captures the stormy feelings of Jane Eyre, the sadness and the passion, but it is simple, oh, so simple and subtle.
The key is definetly subtlety. I was so surprised by the cast, but most of all the lead actress, Mia Wasikowska. She is most of all known for her role in Alice in Wonderland and The Kids are All Right, but those roles didn't really show of her talents. What I loved about her performance in Jane Eyre, was the subtlety. In a story that is in every way passionate, I have seen many actresses fall in to the trap of overacting the part. Wasikowska is far from those actresses. She expresses passion and despair in the most subtle way by only using her eyes.
"Am I a machine without feelings? Do you think that because I am poor, obscure, plain and little that I am soulless and heartless? I have as much soul as you and full as much heart, and if God had blessed me with beauty and wealth I could have made it as hard for you to leave me as it is for I to leave you."