Last weekend Nate and I watched the movie that Amy's been raving over for weeks. She dropped it off and we watched it last Saturday night and again last night. PBS Masterpiece Theatre's version of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.
I am an admitted Victorian addict, but I must say that Nate liked this movie -- no, loved, it almost as much if not more than me! This is the best PBS production I think I've seen (and I loved almost all the Austen ones they made)
And as Thornfield Hall is no Pemberly, so Mr. Darcy is no Mr. Rochester.
(although I dearly love Colin Firth as Darcy)
(I just read that this Mr. Rochester is the son of Maggie Smith - no wonder he's amazing!)
You simply must watch it to see what I mean. Reading the book and watching other movie versions, I never caught onto the romance, but this movie made it come alive and it gradually envelops you until there's no question. I think I'll go back and read it again.
And then there are the lessons to be learned: forgiveness, redemption, love, morality, humility, choosing the right, never giving up -- this list could go on and on. I was most impressed with Jane's stalwart and never-wavering character despite all the terribly horrible things that happen to her. She made me want to be a better person.
So if you need a real movie that will take you on an emotional ride and make you think a little and want to be a little better by the end, then I'd suggest it. And I promise you'll love all four hours of it!
Other news from last weekend:
1. it hailed at our house!
2. my girls are getting bigger and barely fit into the Fry's shopping cart!