My poor husband came with me and I think it was the longest hour and a half of his life. I admit, I have never read Jane Eyre. I bought a copy for myself over 10 years ago and I think I started it, but I don't remember ever finishing it. I figure since I've watched so many versions of it, I know all there is to know. Which even I recognize is a pretty silly way to think. My favorite has always been the tv movie in which Samantha Morton plays Jane. I'm not sure it isn't still.
Mia Wasikowska plays a really good Jane too. And Michael Fassbender is a much better looking Rochester than Ciaran Hinds. But St. John Rivers in the new Jane Eyre is AWFUL! Though, from what I've read about the book, his portrayal is more accurate. The first 20-ish minutes of the movie was overly sad and depressing. Like, really lame. And the crazy wife is boring. Sophie Reissner is sooooo much better - even scary! They tried to switch things up by starting in the middle of the story, going to the beginning and then the end. Good idea, but like I said, the beginning was such a disturbing damper. I know it's supposed to be, but I also know that Jane took pleasure where she could (I think I got that from the book, correct me if I'm wrong). Verdict: I liked it (once it got past Jane's terrible childhood), but could totally have waited until it came out on Netflix.
P.S. I kept thinking, through the whole movie, "I've seen this girl before......" Just figured it out! Alice in Wonderland. Hahaha! I liked that one a lot. Matter of fact, I think I'll go put that on my Netflix list again.