Lazy Reviewing

It's about time I finally got around to watching Northanger Abbey, since Mansfield Park is on tomorrow! I shall shamelessly copy and edit - only slightly - my own Facebook/Flixster review of the film rather than writing anything original. Alas, poor readers!

It was good, but leaves room for improvement in future film versions. When I read the book, I felt that the judgment of Catherine was coming from inside - from the narrator and the reader, so that we were sort of laughing at her from our side. In the movie, it's all Henry and I felt a bit left out of the joke.

This adaptation took Catherine more seriously than the book does, I think, but it worked because this Catherine was a little more serious and sensible than she is in the book.

Not my favorite Austen adaptation ever, but not bad. And they did the only thing that could make Mr Tilney more attractive in my eyes: give him an actual corporeal form (and a cute one to boot).

srah - Saturday, 26 January 2008 - 4:20 PM
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Comments (4)

gravatar cherri - January 26, 2008 - 5:11 PM -

I took slight issue with Catherine's little imaginings. I understand that their purpose was to show how Catherine's imagination often gets away from her. However, I thought they were a bit...racy? I'm not sure how to put it. They didn't ruin the film for me or anything; I just wasn't fond of them.

However, I do quite like JJ Feild. I hate that the picture of him as Henry Tilney is not a very good one. He's much better looking than that picture would suggest.

gravatar srah - January 26, 2008 - 5:18 PM -

And that's the best picture I could find! There were others that were worse! I think the appeal of Henry Tilney is that he is a very charming character. In the book she refers to him as "nearly handsome" or something like that. I don't think Feild is THAT much more good-looking than his picture would suggest, but he's very appealing because of his character.

The imaginings were quite racy and unAustenlike, and I know Andrew Davies said that he wanted to add more sex to the Austen movies, but at the same time I'm aware that although all these Gothic romances are alluded to in the books, I haven't read any of them. Are they all as explicit as The Monk seemed to be? I thought Udolpho was just juicy murders and drama and kidnappings, but maybe it was also just chock-full of explicit sex.

gravatar Merrie Haskell - January 26, 2008 - 10:27 PM -

Here's the thing--the version we saw has TEN MISSING SCENES from the British airing. And the DVD will not be replacing them.

I'm so bummed. I have no idea *what* I watched.

Harrumph.

gravatar srah - January 26, 2008 - 10:29 PM -

WTF?

Honestly, if the dollar weren't so weak, I would be buying a multi-region DVD player and importing all my DVDs.

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