The genesis of genius. The tiny books. - The tiny, hand-lettered, hand-bound books Charlotte and Branwell Brontë made as children surely qualify. Measuring about 2.5 by 5 centimeters, page after...
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I'm sure not everyone will agree with me on some of the points I'm about to raise, but this book is very close to my heart, so I may have viewed the film with an overly-critical eye….
The foremost thing I took away from the preview was that Ruth Wilson was an absolute delight as Jane. She brought a lot of natural charm to the part and although her performance was subtle, the viewer is left in no doubt of what she is feeling in each scene. In my eyes, she has provided the best performance yet for this character. Ruth's Jane is full of humanity, soul and honesty and she instantly wins your sympathy.
After the show, in the Q&A section, Ruth was very complementary of Toby's performance and described him as a "very generous actor." But in truth, she outshone him.
Mr Rochester is one of my favourite characters; he is enigmatic, charming, unpredictable, outspoken and sometimes even manipulative. As you all know, there are many layers to his persona, but Toby seems to have struggled with capturing all of these idiosyncrasies and instead gives (in the first episode at least) what seems to be quite a black and white account. When not being overly gruff, his manner often seems affected and it even comes across that he is not taking the character very seriously…
He improves, however, in the second hour, helped along by the fact that he smirks a lot less and is perhaps not quite so sarcastic. It also doesn't do any harm that he is, indeed, partially shirtless in one of the scenes… (Mr Darcy, eat your heart out ;)
I was also disappointed at how much they changed the dialogue – it was unnecessary – and I noticed that in the scenes which produced the greatest impact, this was left intact.
I hope, however, I haven't given the impression that I didn't enjoy this adaptation, because I did – immensely.
The cinematography is lush, with the most being made of the gorgeous location to bring out the gothic elements of the book, and the film boasts a wonderful score which compliments the emotions of the characters perfectly.
Jane's childhood is rushed through, however, to give her romance with Rochester more screen-time and I find it a great shame that her feisty character was not more exposed.