Sunday, May 28, 2017
Favorite Things: Anne with an "E"
In another version of I get a lot of value out of our Netflix account, I dove into Anne with an "E." I've always been a fan of Anne of Green Gables, but if you want an exact remake of the original TV series (which I also recommend watching if you've never seen it), you may be disappointed.
Netflix's take is not for purists.
This version is loyal to the original storyline, but it's more honest & modern, & darker. Anne's spiritedness, stubbornness (played so well by the actress Amybeth McNulty), & smarts are perfectly juxtaposed with what the world can be - not always kind, cruel, & ignorant. It tackles child abuse, bullying, sexuality, women's rights, poverty, obligation, & education equality while putting love, acceptance, forgiveness, friendship, & family at its center - it balances light & dark beautifully - I shed more than a few tears.
My favorite character, besides Anne, is still Matthew Cuthbert (he's the hero!), but I love the entire cast. I also think the opening credits & theme song are gorgeous - it's a gilded work of art. I can't wait for Season 2.
PS: Other Netflix faves that are back (House of Cards being a given) - The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (love!) & Bloodline (so good!!!).