It stars Zelah Clarke as Jane Eyre and Timothy Dalton as Edward Rochester, and while Clarke fits the book's descriptions of Jane being short, unassuming, and plain, Dalton is physically all wrong to play Mr. Rochester. He's tall, handsome, and nicely built, while the Rochester in the book is short, ill-proportioned, and not much to look at. But Dalton so perfectly captures Mr. Rochester's personality that I have to forgive him his good looks. He broods so perfectly, you see, plus he growls, rants, cajoles, and glowers in precisely the right proportions -- he's the perfect Rochester in everything but appearance. (This is just like how Hugh Jackman is completely wrong, physically, to play Wolverine, but he portrays Wolvie so sublimely I don't care that he's not nasty, brutish, and short.)
Anyway, Jane Eyre is all about the romance and how it brings Jane to life in ways she never imagined, turning a lonely governess into a happy bride-to-be. Then, of course, the whole thing falls apart and we're all desperately sad for quite some time. But an unhappily ended romance could never be my favorite, so you know everything gets sorted out in the end.