I'm not much over a movie-goer, or watcher, or whatever, but J and I decided to make Saturday a movie theatre marathon date night. Such a great idea! Not only were both movies spectacular, but were also adapted for the screen from books.
First, we watched The King's Speech; an account of King George VI's struggle to rid himself of the stammer that afflicted his esteem and aroused doubt in his subjects. The King's Speech is a beautiful historical drama that presents the power of communication. King George used his voice to provide comfort and hope for his people throughout WWII, in contrast to Adolph Hitler's oration, which ignited fury and fear in the hearts of the German peoples. Colin Firth's performance was absolutely incredible. All around feel good film.
Our second viewing was Jane Eyre, the recent film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's novel of the same title. I'll admit I went in slightly skeptical and ready for criticism after recently rereading the novel. The film, a mere two-hour feature, kept in line with much of the novel. I felt that several themes were absent from the film, namely: Jane's intense religious devotion, which was hardly mentioned, and her keen interest in literature and learning, which was also skimmed over. The film, and I guess I should have known, relied heavily upon her infatuation with Rochester (the film did little to help me understand the attraction). The cinematography was spectacular, and quite fitting for the content. Dark hues and damp weather helped create the mood. Furthermore, Mia Wasikowska was alluring, and perfectly cast as a humble Jane.
Seen either of these? What are you thoughts?