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Mansfield Park review

Posted : 6 years, 9 months ago on 12 March 2012 05:34

Stupid choices were dropping Portshmouth, Sotherton and the Ball. The film is too short and fast-paced and overall seems to be done in a low budget... Billie Piper as Fanny is different than in the book, but not entirely unlikable. Her character seems modernized but sort of in a good way. Guess she is more approachable to a modern viewer, or that's probably what they aimed for. Not only drenched in her own pain and inferiority. The movie portraited the Crawfords somehow as really arrogant, even bitchy at times. Michelle Ryan could've got a better script for her Mary but fits to the role very nicely. Fanny would never even consider this Henry, and in this movie, it seems that she didn't. And the ultimate reason why this is probably my most rewatched movie is Blake Ritson as a PERFECT Edmund. He's just otherwordly gorgeous and good. I'm crushfainting way too much over his versatility compared to his other roles. He plays Edmund well-nuanced and looks divine while doing so.

Some costumes are not historically accurate [they look more 18th century than early 19th century and few of them are pretty lacklustre] and Fanny's hair is a mess - and so is Henry's! I loved the Newby Hall as a setting though, and this movie was more romantic, pretty, and despite all the changes, more accurate to the book than the 90's version.

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Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 31 January 2008 05:45

I really love Mansfield Park, as it is the only Austen novel with a timid heroine. I did enjoy this adaptation, but it really should have been so much more. It seemed like we are constantly seeing all the other characters moving the plot forward, but we never really get to know Fanny or all that she has to put up with. I was really looking forward to seeing how they were going to portray her relationship with Mary Crawford, but they barely interact at all. I enjoyed this, but I think it was because I could fill in all the parts that were missing because I have read the book. I wouldn't really recommend this to someone who hasn't.

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