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Anne Of Green Gables Movie Review (DVD)

Grade A

Stars Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth, Jonathan Crombie, Schuyler Grant

Director Kevin Sullivan

Rating: NR

Genre: Classic

194 min.

1985 release date

As new modern movies of all genres hit the theaters, people often forget the importance of classic movies. I recently revisited the fictional world of L.M. Montgomery that takes place in Avonlea. Director Kevin Sullivan brings the classic novel to life in Anne of Green Gables, the movie.

This film follows the adventures of Anne (Megan Follows), a redheaded young girl who is orphaned at a very young age. By mistake, she is sent to live with spinster Marilla Cuthbert (Colleen Dewhurst) and her brother, Matthew Cuthbert (Richard Farnsworth). Instead of receiving a quiet boy, they take in a talkative, imaginative girl who has her own adventures growing up in Avonlea.

What I admire most is Anne’s outstanding and unique character. Both the movie and book portray her as a very imaginative child. If I were such an optimistic girl with such an imagination, I would be perfectly happy. Diana Barry (Schuyler Grant) is Anne’s bosom friend. She and Anne are like two peas in a pod, both of them letting their imagination run wild.

At school, an obnoxious boy named Gilbert Blythe (Jonathan Crombie) tries to catch Anne’s attention by pulling on a braid of her red hair and saying, “Psst! Carrots! Carrots!”

SPOILER: Why, Anne was so indignant she picked up Gilbert’s slate and smashed it over his head! Anne felt that she should never forgive Gilbert. Even when Gilbert apologized to Anne at the end of class, the girl acted like Gilbert didn’t exist. This incident also shows that Anne is an obstinate, or stubborn, as Marilla called her, and sensitive girl.

The wonderful cast performed their roles flawlessly, bringing characters to life exactly as readers imagined. Viewers can learn meaningful, eloquent quotes from this 20th century film. Here are a few of Anne’s famous quotes: “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.” “Tears don’t hurt, like the ache does.” “And I promise I’ll never do it again. That’s the one good thing about me. I never do the same wrong thing twice.”

This classic movie is about 3 hours long, and young children may have a hard time sitting throughout the whole film. Anne of Green Gables is more suitable for tweens, teens, and adults, who will definitely enjoy this elegant, graceful work of art.

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery is a classic book. It is about a young girl named Anne(“Ann with an e”) Shirley. She was orphaned at a very young age and lived in several foster homes and orphanages.  

Beginning of the stories …………………………………

Anne Shirley’s parents died of fever when she was just 3 years old. Mrs. Thomas, a woman that knew Anne’s parents well, took her in, even though she was poor and had a drunken husband. Anne lived with them until she was eight. She helped look after the Thomas children, which took a lot of looking after. Even though the work was hard, Anne still found time to imagine and wander in the woods, always with a book in her hand. I admire her way of using her imagination to make reality seem more appealing or attractive. Her famous quote :”Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.”

Anne Shirley waited patiently with all her might and main at the station…………..

Matthew Cuthbert is Surprised…………….

“I suppose you are Mr.Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables?” she said in a peculiarly clear, sweet voice. “I’m very glad to see you,I was beginning to be afraid you weren’t coming for me and I was imagining all the things that might have happened to prevent you.”

Shy Matthew Cuthbert was so astounded to find a chatty out-going girl waiting for him at the train station, when he was sent to pick up a boy! But alas, he could not leave a child at a train station anyhow, no matter what mistake had been made, so all questions and explanations might as well be deferred until he was safely back at Green Gables.

“Isn’t that beautiful? What did that tree, leaning out from the bank, all white and lacy, make you think of?” she asked.

         “Well now, I dunno,” said Matthew.

          “Why, a bride, of course—a bride all in white with a lovely misty veil.”

Anne was such an imaginative girl! I adore her, and I think if anyone was such an optimistic girl with such an imagination, they would be perfectly happy. Anne talked and talked about the scenery and about many different subjects until I thought her tongue must be hinged in the middle. They reached the Avenue, which its beauty seemed to strike the child dumb. Passing Barry’s pond, Anne gave it a new name- the Lake of Shining Waters. Finally Anne realized they had reached the Green Gables and followed Matthew into the house.

Marilla Cuthbert was Matthew’s practical sister. “Matthew Cuthbert, who’s that?” She ejaculated. “Where is the boy?”    “There wasn’t any boy,” said Matthew wretchedly. “There was only her.” Suddenly Anne grasped the full meaning of what had been said.

“You don’t want me!” she cried. “You don’t want me because I’m not a boy! Oh, this is the most tragical thing that ever happened to me! My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.” I like the way she always uses big words to describe what is on her mind.

Marilla asks her what her real name is. “Anne Shirley is such an unromantic name. But if you call me Anne please call me Anne spelled with an e.” Then Anne explains that when you hear a name pronounced you can always see it in your mind. A-n-n looks dreadful, but A-n-n-e looks so much more distinguished. I burst out into laughter when Marilla said, “Well, Anne with an e…..” I can tell she is a very stubborn girl because she insists on being called “Anne spelled with an e.”

Anne first met Gilbert………………….

Why, Anne was so indignant she picked up Gilbert’s slate and smashed it over his head! I roared with laughter at this. Serves him right, I thought. Anne felt that she should never forgive Gilbert. Even when Gilbert apologized to Anne at the end of class, the girl acted like Gilbert didn’t exist. This incident also shows that Anne is a stubborn and sensitive girl.

 

Anne felt so ashamed of her red hair that she tried to dye her hair black, but instead her hair turned green! “I thought anything would be better than red hair,” she explained to Marilla, “But green is ten times worse!” Marilla tried to help her wash her hair, but nothing would work. Anne was devastated when she had to get her hair cut short. She promised herself she would never look at her hair until it has grown long again. I thought with her hair short and curly, she looked lovely.

When she returned to school with her hair grown long again, the teacher placed her next to Gilbert Blythe just for being late. But there were many others that were late too, and Anne felt just so unfair! I just wanted to scream at the unfairness of the situation—why didn’t the teacher pick on them? Anne still treated Gilbert as if she were higher and better than him—holding her chin high and ignoring him for the rest of class. It was hilarious how Gilbert tried to get her attention.

  

Diana is invited to Tea with Tragic Results………………………………..

Diana Barry was Anne’s bosom friend. She went everywhere with Anne, both of them letting their imagination run wild. One day Diana was invited to tea at Anne’s. Anne accidently gave Diana a wrong beverage, which they both thought was raspberry cordial. But no, Diana had drunk three cups of wine! When Mrs. Barry found her daughter stupidly stumbling back home drunk, she was indignant and wrongly accused Anne of being a disgraceful, wicked girl! Their friendship was severed and Anne was devastated. My heart ached for Anne and Diana.

Anne to the Rescue………………………………

Marilla went out of town one wintery night. Anne and Matthew’s one-sided conversation was interrupted by Diana bursting through the front door, her eyes wide with fear. Her little sister was down with a terribly hot fever, and her parents were out of town. Anne rushed to her house and fed her doses of medicine. The fever began to subside, and Mrs. Barry was so grateful. Anne and Diana could continue their friendship again .

 The most memorable conversation :

Diana : I wish I were rich, and I could spend the whole summer at a hotel, eating ice cream and chicken salad.

Anne Shirley : You know something, Diana ? We are rich. We have sixteen years to our credit, and we both have wonderful imaginations. We should be as happy as queens.

The Glory and the Dream

Anne worked hard at her school. Somebody called out: “Three cheers for Miss Shirley, winner of the Avery!” She found herself among a midst of happy, cheering friends. She had worked diligently in class and beat Gilbert to getting a scholarship! I felt so happy for her.

When Matthew is dying……………………

Anne Shirley : Please, Matthew. You need help. We’ve got to get a doctor.

Matthew Cuthbert: I’ve worked hard all my life. I’d rather just drop in the harness. I got old; I never noticed.

Anne Shirley : If I’d been the boy you sent for, I could have spared you in so many ways.

Matthew Cuthbert : I never wanted a boy. I only wanted you from the first day. Don’t ever change. I love my little girl. I’m so proud of my little girl.

This part really touched my heart ……….My eyes were filled with tears

After Matthew’s funeral, Marilla finds Anne crying ………………………..

Anne Shirley : Tears don’t hurt like the ache does.

Anne knew if she accepted the scholarship, Marilla would be left alone almost blind. Marilla almost sold Green Gables, but Anne told her she would give up her scholarship to Redmond. She planned to teach at the local school, but Marilla insisted she should take the scholarship. Anne replied, “I’m sixteen and a half, and I’m just as stubborn as you are.”

 

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