Two days ago, I streamed, on Amazon this adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. This version is only an hour and twenty-five minutes long, so it is more of an abridged adaptation. There is a lot in the book that had to be left out because of the time length of this movie, but I still enjoyed watching it very much. Ella Ballentine comes closer to what, in my mind, Anne Shirley would be like in real life. I think that she does a great job in the role. Her portrayal is much more subdued than Amybeth McNulty’s interpretation of the character in Anne With An E on Netflix.
Martin Sheen is a great actor, but his portrayal of Matthew Cuthbert didn’t remind me of Matthew from the book. I am still trying to figure out why the movie opened with Matthew chasing after a pig, and then falling in mud as a result. That is not in the book and I don’t see what the point is in adding this scene to the movie. Matthew is an incredibly thoughtful person, and he surely would not be chasing after a pig if he is already very late in picking up a child from a train station that is a distance to get to. Martin Sheen’s portrayal of Matthew is very likable though.
The scenery in this movie is absolutely beautiful. I get a clear sense of how wonderful a place Avonlea on Prince Edward Island must have been for anyone coming of age around the turn of the century.
This adaptation of Anne of Green Gables would have been better if it had been a miniseries which would have allowed for more scenes in the book to be included that are important to the story. The scenes that were included, I feel, were rushed.