Do you prefer 2004 or 2011? And why?
This is a tough call, but I think I’m going to have to go with 2006.
2011 hits a lot of the marks that 2006 missed (namely production value). If I’m going to introduce someone to Jane Eyre, I always start with 2011 because it’s more polished and an overall gorgeous film. And I’m always a fan of a good gothic movie.
However, 2006 will always have my heart. It has more content and the romance half of “gothic romance” is played up. The playful side of Jane and Rochester’s relationship is something no other adaptation manages to capture. 2006 is more fun, playful, and romantic.
If there was a version with Toby Stephens as Rochester, and Mia Wasikowska as Jane… Man, that would be flawless.