Early spring is the ideal time for this inspired film rendition of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel about an orphaned girl who reinvents herself in 19th-century Britain. Director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) vividly portrays the material's bleak social constraints and wistful natural surroundings. Moira Buffini's considerably compressed screenplay is fleet yet retains the dynamic poetry in Bronte's use of language and experience.
Mia Wasikowska gives a wonderfully modulated performance as the film's title character.
There's something to savor in
every frame of this lush film. The alchemy of its ensemble
performances present a tart dose of melancholy romance. Only those
young at heart need apply. Grade: B-plus
Opens April 8. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.