Anne of Green Gables and The Sequel (1985, 1987)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1985, 1987) from Sullivan Entertainment
(The Sequel is also called Anne of Avonlea)
Rated G (Canada). Drama, Comedy, Romance, Family Films

Five Gold Stars

Description (from the first film’s case): Filmed amidst the spectacular scenery of Prince Edward Island, Canada, this award-winning movie follows the enchanting life of orphan Anne Shirley [Megan Follows], from her struggles as an adolescent to her triumphs as a young woman. A delicate epic full of wit, style, and emotional power.

My thoughts: Anne of Green Gables the film is so true to the spirit of the classic children’s novel by one of my all-time favorite authors. Follows is the quintessential Anne, and the whole cast, really, brings fitting and memorable voices and faces to Montgomery’s characters. Such a feel-good film and a wonderful trip to Prince Edward Island, and the sequel, though four hours long, doesn’t feel that long to me. Granted, the sequel takes more plot departures from the Anne novels than the first film does, but I think it’s still true to the spirit of Anne, of Gilbert, of Avonlea and Avonlea’s folk. Refreshing, amusing, touching, romantic, nostalgic.

Yup. I love both movies.

My corresponding reading: Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery.

There is a third movie in the series, Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story–not as true to the spirit of the Anne novels (and a plot nowhere to be found in the books) but a nice movie in and of itself.

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From the first movie, when Anne arrives at Green Gables for the first time.

 

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