Written by: Richard Hawley, Kay Mellor & Peter Wright, based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte
Directed by: Robert Young
Starring: Samantha Morton, CiarÃ¡n Hinds, Gemma Jones, Richard Hawley, Abigail Cruttenden
- “About Charlotte Bronte”
Released by: A&E
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Avoid it.
The titular character (Morton) has had a bit of a hard life. She was an orphan, she was picked on by the people in charge of her, and she had only one friend–who of course perished. She finally survives her childhood and seeks employment as a governess. She finds a position at Thornfield Hall, where she is to tutor the energetic little French girl Adele (Timia BerthomÃ©). But there’s something mysterious afoot–it begins with Mr. Rochester (Hinds), the owner of the estate. And it continues with the strange laughing creature who prowls the halls of Thornfield at night.
As far as features go, this is total bare bones action. A couple of screens about Charlotte Bronte as a bio, and that’s it. Some interviews with the stars would have been nice, even. But alas, when the back of the case touts “Chaptering lets you jump to your favorite scenes instantly!” you know you’re getting the thing for the film only.
Which leads me to sum up: if you like this sort of thing, then this flick and disc are for you. If you’re like me, and you want your drama a little less hanging-from-the-rafters, then I would pass.