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Although I know better than to expect a "pure" adaptation of a novel when
Hollywood gets hold of it, I was nevertheless unprepared for the horrible
mangling this novel received at the hands of the screenwriter. Having
immensely enjoyed recent renderings of "Sense and Sensibility," "Emma," and
various versions of "Pride and Prejudice," I expected to receive similar
enjoyment from this film. I had not read any reviews or advance press
before watching it. I had, unfortunately, just read the book itself this
summer and it was fresh in my mind. In my opinion this is the WORST
rendition of a Jane Austen work I have ever seen. Perhaps if I had never
read the book, I might have enjoyed it somewhat more, but to me it was
unbearable to see a book I thoroughly enjoyed so completely rewritten. I am
astonished at the comments of some of the reviewers here opining that Jane
Austen would have approved. Poppycock!
I began to feel sick early on. To me, the character of Fanny Price and other major characters bore as much resemblance to Jane Austen's heroine as Danny Devito bore to Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Twins." The entire invention of Fanny as a budding writer, the deletion of her younger brother who was so important in the plot concerning Henry Crawford, the image of Fanny as somewhat outspoken and rebellious, the depiction of Fanny's aunt as an opium addict and her uncle as a brutish, raping slaveowner.... The list goes on and on. Henry and Maria being caught by Fanny in the house, Fanny voluntarily kissing Henry and agreeing to marry him and then retracting. Ugh!
I really detest writers who want to mold everything in the modern vein. Fanny Price was not a modern heroine, but she fit her time. There was far too much PC propaganda and feminist hogwash which you might expect in a movie about our society but is ridiculous set against Fanny's time. She was devout, loyal, quiet, humble, stubborn only in her keen perception of others' character as measured against her conviction of what was good and what was not, possessing an innate strength of character which did not rely on others' perception of her and which she refused to compromise. Jane Austen would not have approved of this new Fanny for precisely this reason: her Fanny did not care about the "new" conventions of moral thought and permissiveness in her own society. The movie downplayed the seriously flawed characters of Henry Crawford and his sister. It portrayed him far too sympathetically, made it appear that he truly and deeply loved Fanny and seemed to blame Fanny's (non-existent) double-mindedness for his downfall.
All in all, this is an extremely disappointing film if one cares about what was really written in Mansfield Park. I think "Clueless" as a modern version of "Emma" (and which I also enjoyed) is more true to Austen than this let-down of a movie.
I happened to be flipping channels today and saw this was on. Since it
been several years since I last saw it I clicked it on, but didn't mean to
stay. As it happened, I found this film to be just as gripping now as it
was before. My own kids started watching it, too, and enjoyed it - which
was even more satisfying for me considering the kind of current junk
used to. No, this is not an action-packed thriller, nor are there juicy
love scenes between Abrahams and his actress girlfriend. There is no
"colorful" language to speak of; no politically correct agenda underlying
its tale of a Cambridge Jew and Scottish Christian.
This is a story about what drives people internally - what pushes them to excel or at least to make the attempt to do so. It is a story about personal and societal values, loyalty, faith, desire to be accepted in society and healthy competition without the utter selfishness that characterizes so much of the athletic endeavors of our day. Certainly the characters are not alike in their motivation, but the end result is the same as far as their accomplishments.
My early adolescent son (whose favorite movies are all of the Star Wars movies and The Matrix) couldn't stop asking questions throughout the movie he was so hooked. It was a great educational opportunity as well as entertainment. If you've never seen this film or it's been a long time, I recommend it unabashedly, regardless of the labels many have tried to give it for being slow-paced or causing boredom. In addition to the great story - based on real people and events - the photography and the music are fabulous and moving. It's no mistake that this movie has been spoofed and otherwise stolen from in the last twenty years - it's an unforgettable movie and in my opinion its bashers are those who hate Oscar winners on principle or who don't like the philosophies espoused by its protagonists.
I absolutely LOVE this movie! It's definitely the best I've seen this year. It's going to be hard to wait for the second installment, which will hopefully parallel the success of Star Wars' sequels. The special effects are never enough by themselves; this movie had a great story which the effects only enhanced.