The Diary of a Film-goer

I knew this would happen. I knew that once I was back in a daily 9-5 routine my blogging schedule would be scrapped in favour of meeting work deadlines and all of the other commitments that September never fails to bring. September has flashed by startlingly quickly and I can’t believe I haven’t posted since the fourteenth. I love writing (not that I’ve ever mentioned that before) and I am determined to make a special effort to keep posting regularly, so here we begin…

Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre

Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre

There aren’t many people who would be willing to go to an early morning showing at the cinema, especially not on a Saturday, a fact which a good friend and I discovered this past weekend on an excursion to see the new film adaptation of Jane Eyre. I can tell you from experience that if you are willing, early mornings are by far the best times to visit the cinema, and here’s why:

  • You can usually obtain some variation of an ‘early bird’ ticket which is cheaper than your standard ‘peak’ time one.
  • Rarely will there be more than ten people watching the same film as you are at that time of day – we were the first people in and so had the pick of the seats – which should equate to their being less chance of being disturbed whilst enjoying the film.
  • Due to the earliness of you showing the only people who will be willing to drag themselves from their beds to the cinema on a Saturday morning will be the hardcore film-goers, the type of people who abhor others who munch popcorn all the way through the film because they are their to enjoy the showing and not listen to somebody else’s munching during the climactic scene of the film.
  • You leave with the knowledge that you have already had your fill of ‘culture’ for the day and it isn’t yet lunchtime.
Judi Dench and Mia Wasikowska

Judi Dench and Mia Wasikowska

The film itself was excellent – really enjoyable despite many ups and downs and circumstances that seemed to change within seconds! Directed by Cary Fukunaga and adapted as a screenplay by Moira Buffini from the Charlotte Brontë novel the running time of 120 minutes was a feast for the eyes, the ears and the heart. Mia Wasikowska – known predominantly for her starring role of Alice in Tim Burton’s animated version of the classic Lewis Carrol novel in 2010 – plays Jane to Michael Fassbender’s Rochester, and both are supported plot-wise by Judi Dench’s Mrs Fairfax – a kindly, ageing housekeeper who gives companionship to the lonely Jane.

When Bertha – the mad, confined-to-the-attic wife of Rochester – first appeared, my instant reaction was that she was being played by Helene Bonham-Carter, in possibly her most wild role yet, and this is the woman who has played the Queen of Hearts (as in “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!”) and a Death Eater. Indeed. Alas, it was not to be as the casting director had evidently been searching for a HBC lookalike and found her in the form of Italian actress Valentina Cervi. The costumes were superb and the attention to detail of lace-collars which appeared to have been painstakingly constructed was  so very creditable.

Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender

Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender

If you get a chance, go and see it. It’s quite long (though in a good way) and there comes a point when you think they’re going to wrap it all up but in reality there’s still twenty minutes to go(!) but the landscapes, the costumes, the cast and the incredible script really are something to sit back, relax and enjoy. For another blogger’s perspective do have a read of Kate’s post about her perception of the film. On a tedious link (that being period drama!) has anybody been watching Downton Abbey? The new series is as lavish as I hoped it would be, despite WW1 being in full swing, and the only downside is the ridiculous amount of advertising breaks and their length which is what can be expected of channels such as ITV. Downton is one of the few non-BBC programmes I watch and I yearn for the show to be a BBC-made programme so as to allow me uninterrupted viewing of what is arguably one of the best programmes of our time!

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska

Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska

8 thoughts on “The Diary of a Film-goer

  1. Ooooh, you’ve convinced me to go and see it, even though I’ve seen two adaptations already (1996 version has a very cute Anna Paquin playing Jane as a child)!

    Have you watched Pan-Am or the Playboy Club yet (since we both love costume dramas!)? I did finally get round to watching a bit of The Hour – loved it! xxx

  2. I thought it was Helena Bonham Carter when I first glimpsed her too, it seemed the perfect role for her! Thanks for linking my post, I love your review, and now I really want to go and see a film early on a weekend, it does seem like a much better experience overall!
    Good luck getting back into the craziness of everyday life, I miss the holidays already!
    Kate x

  3. This a beautifully written review. I would like to see this version too. I havent been to the movies in the morning since I was a kid. Must try it again. Havent seen Downton yet. Not been here. Xxxx

  4. I adore the book, so it will be interesting to see this film version. Relly great review of it Alexandra – and it sounds like perfect timing for viewing without the sweet-packet scrunchers or mammoth-sized Coke guzzlers to interfere.
    And yes, like you, I am finding the sheer weight of work rather overwhelming at the moment. Sixth Form College does things VERY differently from my last school, so I feel permanently as though I’m running to catch up. I want some free time back!

  5. I went to see it on Saturday and really enjoyed it too. I’d read a few bloggers who hadn’t. I hadn’t read the book and I did go into it with low expectations, but i thought it looked amazing, was so moving i actually cried a little and Michael Fassbender is so hot!

  6. I was wondering who played Bertha! She was fabulous. We already (husband & I) were huge fans of Mia Waiskowska because we’ve been watching the HBO series InTreatment (series two is finally out on LoveFilm – but they haven’t sent it to us yet, I’m like a junkie waiting for my fix). I write, too – and write screenplays – so kind of obsessed with film, obviously.

    And I agree: this film is unbelievably good. I want to see it again while it’s still running. Mia plays a very different character on InTreatment: a spoiled petulant American teenager – but there is always such vulnerability in her. It was incredible how contemporary – how real – it felt. And every frame was like a beautiful painting.

    I was thinking I hadn’t heard from you, came to see if all was okay. Now I understand: 9-5 routine has to come first. Have a lovely weekend Alexandra Therese! xx

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