Jane Eyre

Director: Cary Fukunaga
Year Released: 2011
Rating: 1.0

Unfortunate Ms. Eyre (Mia Wasikowska), with her life full of misfortune and hardship, goes from place to place to find happiness and love, eventually finding the latter in an older gentleman (Michael Fassbender) who has the dark secret of keeping his batshit insane wife locked up in a room. Fukunaga has shown himself quite proficient at directing commercials (his "Go Forth" spot for Levi's was excellent), but as a feature length filmmaker he's lacking: instead of worrying about things like dramatic tension or developing chemistry (Wasikowska and Fassbender have none together; Mia's wooden and Michael's doing community theatre), he's focused on the sunsets and rain clouds. Inept and plodding, they've done a masterful job negating the dark spectre hanging over the Brontë novel.