Charlotte Brontë made it clear that her brooding, Byronic Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre wasn’t ”handsome or heroic-looking,” but casting the smooth Dalton as the gothic brute in this 11-episode BBC miniseries still works. Intensely tormented, the future Bond storms around a set straight out of a high school production — often to the point of caricature — but his smoldering does manage to convey why his child’s governess (a mousy yet limpid-eyed Clarke) loves him so. And while this dimly lit and eerily quiet (yes, those are birds chirping in the background of every scene) adaptation is a to-the-letter translation of Brontë’s text, its very clinging to the page results in some excruciatingly long scenes; a single swoony final kiss trumps an hour-long reconciliation any day. EXTRAS Dear Reader, there are none (although 50 unnecessary — and barely noticeable — minutes of originally edited-out footage have been sprinkled back in).
Jane Eyre (DVD - 2005) Charlotte Brontë made it clear that her brooding, Byronic Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre wasn't ''handsome or heroic-looking,'' but...Jane Eyre (DVD - 2005)DramaAlexander Baron Charlotte Brontë made it clear that her brooding, Byronic Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre wasn't ''handsome or heroic-looking,'' but...2005-04-18Jean HarveyBlanche YouinouJean Harvey, Blanche Youinou
Genre: Drama; Starring: Zelah Clarke, Timothy Dalton, Jean Harvey, Blanche Youinou; Director: Julian Amyes; Author: Alexander Baron
Posted January 17 2015 — 6:16 AM EST
- What we're reading now: Hammer Head by Nina MacLaughlin
- 'Daily Show': Trevor Noah's name floats as possible host; get a quick intro to his work
- Jerry Seinfeld on Wale: 'He's got that true artistic spirit'
- 'Orphan Black' star Jordan Gavaris talks Felix
- Kids' Choice Awards host Nick Jonas answers questions from kids
- 'Walking Dead' star Tovah Feldshuh on Rick-Deanna showdown
- '12 Monkeys': Ramse arc 'planned from first minute'
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus in full bloom: New EW portraits
- 'Grey's Anatomy': 10 years, 20 defining moments
- 'Batman v. Superman' character portraits: Like the looks?
- 'American Crime Story' cast: Think each actor looks the part?
- Double trouble: Movie/TV characters who fight themselves
- The Clooneys, Kate Mara, Sienna Miller & More!