Parents' Guide to

Jane Eyre

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Brontë adaptation has some scary scenes, suicide reference.

TV Max Drama 2007
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A story regularly adapted for stage and screen, this four-part drama remains faithful to the original classic novel by Charlotte Brontë. The setting of this 2006 version of Jane Eyre perfectly captures the tone -- in turn dark and claustrophobic, then wild and unpredictable, moving between the bleak, endless moors, the fading gothic grandeur of the mansion's interiors, and the gloomy, shadowy spaces of the orphanage. Nightmarish visions of childhood trauma and billowing, banshee-like presences are brought to vivid life as they stalk the characters' minds, the show refusing to turn too far from the harsh realities of the book.

Wilson was nominated for a Golden Globe as Jane, all stoic control until she's challenged by her deep need to be loved, flashes of fear, and desire. It's an excellent portrayal with Wilson adding depth and complexity throughout. Stephens' Rochester is more amiable than usual, less the tortured, overbearing recluse and more the weary bachelor looking for something more real than the polished society surrounding him. Dark, devastating, and undeniably gripping throughout, this sits confidently among the prolific adaptations of this literary classic.

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