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Anne with an E (2017)
Love the book, love the Follows version, but I love this even more
Boys don't cry they say, but this boy did. Or this old haggard did, rather, seeing this new adaption of Anne on Netflix. Growing up with no sisters, my first encounter with Anne came with the 1985 version that had a lot of the innocent, warm feeling that I found in another millenia when reading the book by chapter for my daughter as bedtime stories. But really, Montgomerys original version, although written in the flowery language of the early 20th century suggests a lot of the misery Anne did have go through, and that is revealed in the 2017 CBC version.
Anne is scared, Anne is not always nice (like to that stable boy), and that is not the Megan Follows Anne, but an Anne that I am even more fond of. A love seeking, sometimes frightened and sad Anne, and still as optimistic, vibrant and kind-hearted as the "original" Character in Montgomerys books.
It got it's up and downs, and some of the additions are a litte hollywoodish, like in the second episode, but generally, what has been added has deepened the story. Having had my share of bad times as a kid, I just feel my heart spill over with compassion and love for that remarkable version of Anne that Amybeth McNulty portrays almost to perfection.
And hey, all you who claims that it doesn't follow the book. There are some deviations(admittedly not all fruitful), but for some parts it follows the original text almost too closely. And the characters of Anne, Marilla and Matthew is almost eerily close in spirit and heart to what was written by Montgomery. Anne did NOT fare well before coming to Green Gables. Marilla is just as stern on the surface but loving underneath and Matthew as cosy and shy. No one can, at least, say that there are any problems with the casting and the way the main actors portrays their character.