Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Mansfield Park -- wha?

Hmmm, where to start? I normally try to view adaptations with an objective eye, after all, most film versions are never true copies, just (hopefully) faithful representations. Plus, many times, people have never even read the book, so hopefully there is enough to whet people's appetites and actually induce them to pick up the written original.

I won't even go into what a train wreck this adaptation was, or I'd be going on forever, and I'd rather let other people do the work. You can read a well written opinion here (the title's pretty apt).

Okay, my attempts at finding something positive about this adaptation:
  • Tom is a scoundrel, as he should be
  • Mr. Rushworth is stupid, as he should be
  • The pug was cute
  • Edmund was how I pictured him: a geeky looking clergyman
  • It was nice when they showed the moment when Edmund finally realised that he was in love with Fanny (but the stuff after that was horrid)
Did I say that the pug was cute?

But as I am sadly obsessed, I've already put in an order for my DVD. Sigh. Onwards...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I must admit, my thought as I was about one hour into MP was that they took the most controversial of the JA books (in my opinion) and made it sooooooo dull. I know that there is a wide divergence of opinion about Fanny and Edmund in the JA community (boring,silly, who would want him anyway, she's a ditz) but c'mon - there is so much to work with (brother's debauchery, adultery, conniving heartbreakers who have their own sad souls, etc.) and it was B-O-R-I-N-G. I wanted so much to like Billie Piper in this role, but I could not. Blake Ritson (sp?) was excellent as Edmund I thought and the rest of the cast was pretty darn good too (Mrs. Norris was not snotty enough.) But holy cow, dull, dull, dull. I even liked the silly scene with the lavender cutting, at least there was some action. Funny story - my 11-year-old son decided to watch with us (I suspect because it meant he could stay up a bit later.) About 30 minutes in, he says, "I thought someone gets killed, isn't this a murder mystery?" He thought he was watching Gosford Park!