Summary: A retelling of L.M. Montgomery’s story of Anne Shirley, an orphan who is accidentally sent to a couple looking to adopt a boy instead
Title: Anne of Green Gables
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cast: Ella Ballentine, Martin Sheen, Sara Botsford, Julia Lalonde, Kate Hennig, Stefani Kimber, Linda Kash, Drew Haytaoglu and Kyle Gatehous.
Director: John Kent Harrison
Writers: L.M. Montgomery (Books), Susan Coyne and Dan Dillabough
Another retelling of the beloved Anne of Green Gables, the story of an orphan that is sent mistakenly to a brother and sister who wanted a boy to help with chores. She is so filled with wonder and love for the world she spreads it everywhere she goes and enraptures them.
I’d never seen this version before so I was intrigued by it seeing how it was depicted in this one. It honestly wasn’t anything special though which is a shame as some retellings can be so beautifully done.
Our Anne was a bit of a let down the actress clearly didn’t have natural red hair so they did a bad dye job and also painted on freckles, what a shame honestly that they couldn’t have cast a freckle faced redhead for the role. The actress herself was a good enough actress she brought the wonder and whimsy of Anne to life and didn’t do a bad job at all.
The story was very rushed over, it started off appropriately sharing the story at a good pace but then all the other events rushed on by so quickly they didn’t spend enough time to focus on them at all. Then before you know they wanted to adopt her and it’s done, just like that. It was a little weird how quickly it all passed by, they could have focused on a few areas instead of cramming everything into it, especially as there are more movies to the series.
The pacing was slow a lot of the time, the storyline was rushed, the actors were average, none of them were awful but they also weren’t really anything too special either. It isn’t one I’d watch again as there are better depictions out there, but I will watch the sequels to see how the other stories are told.