“Jane Eyre” Review

Jane Eyre (2011)

‘Jane Eyre’ is a recent adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel of the same name, starring Mia Wasikowska (‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010)) as Jane Eyre, Michael Fassbender (‘Hunger’ (2008)) as Mr. Rochester and Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax. This film adaptation, although not as good as Aldous Huxley and Robert Stevenson’s 1944 version, is still better than the 1996 version starring William Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The plot is familiar to all. Jane Eyre, after a rather traumatic Dickensian childhood, becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, a place of mysterious happenings, whose cold and brooding master, Mr. Rochester, perhaps presents the greatest puzzle for the heroine.

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“The Skin I Live In” Review

The Skin I Live In (2011)

Hailed as one of the most provocative films of the year, Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘The Skin I Live In’ is a bizarre drama about a genius plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) who creates a new type of human skin resistant to all sort of damage, including burns. However, haunted by his past personal tragedies – the death of his wife Gal and daughter Norma, Dr. Ledgard soon goes too far in his scientific experiments when he starts to experiment on his newly captive prisoner Vera (Elena Anaya). The film, which, incidentally, marks the first collaboration in twenty-one years between Antonio Banderas and Almodóvar (‘Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!’ (1990)), is an outstanding achievement, containing masterfully-controlled direction, brilliant film compositions and strong lead performances.

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“Devil” Review

 

Devil (2010)

‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour’ (Peter 5:8).

In ‘Devil’, five strangers, all with dark secrets to hide, are trapped in an elevator of an inner-city office building. As they await their rescue, they start to die one by one in a mysterious way. ‘Devil’ belongs to the genre of films which is my favourite –  the so-called “confined spaces” or “single location” films. From the screen adaptations of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ (1945), (1974) to ‘Cube’ (1997), ‘Identity (2003), ‘Fermat’s Room’ (2007) and ‘Exam’ (2009), these type of films are often intriguing and engaging, often solely thanks to the strength of well-defined personalities portrayed and the fascinating interactions among them.

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“Last Night” Review

Last Night (2010)

Directed by Iranian-American director, Massy Tadjedin, ‘Last Night’ is a romantic drama revolving around a posh married couple, Joanna and Michael Reed (Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington), who live in New York. After years of marriage, Joanna and Michael start to experience relationship tensions, doubts and stings of jealousy. Over the course of two particular days, these tensions build-up at which point Joanna attends Michael’s work party and finds out about Michael’s interest in his attractive work colleague Laura (Eva Mendes). However, the following day, when Michael goes on a business trip with Laura, Joanna meets her old flame, Alex (Guillaume Canet), and jumps on a date with him. As the Reeds start to succumb to their ever-increasing love temptations, the question becomes: who will cross the line?

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