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Anne 3 Review Book

Reviewer: Jasmine
I haven't seen the film, being from Australia, but I am looking forward to it. I loved the first two, even though the second one especially didn't stay as true to the books. There was definitely a lot of potential for the films in terms of sticking to the originial storylines and the old, familiar characters, which wasn't used. Judging from other comments, the third instalment strays from the original books. (Why is Gilbert in the War?!) I don't see that there was any need to change the original story as there were some brilliant characters and story lines from Anne's House of Dreams onwards. That book in particular would have been fantastic as a film, and it would have been nice to see Anne's children developed as they did in the books. The war storyline could still have been used but in the correct sense-Jem and Walter go to war. I think it would have been better if the movie reflected the books, but then again, in my mind, the books will always be better. However,the casting of the roles in the first two movies was superb. (05/05/00)


Reviewer: Carmencita Baldonado
Email: cbaldo@po-box.mcgill.ca
Rating: 3.5
Hello, I wasn't that impressed with the recent Anne of Green Gables sequel. Personally, I felt that the courtship, marriage, and after-marriage life of both Anne and Gilbert was practically put in the back burner. There's nothing wrong with focusing on Anne's comings and goings. She is without a doubt, the main heroine who bears the name in the title. However, and I guess a lot of Anne of Green Gables fans can agree, it would have been much better if Anne and Gilbert's relationnship were put to the forefront. I found that Anne spent more time with Jack and with Fred, along with the other characters, more than she spent with Gilbert. In fact, while browsing through the Anne 3 link website, I was shock to find out that there was a scene that was taken out - a scene which I would have preferred was included in the sequel. I guess the only redeeming thing to do would be to make an Anne of Green Gables 4 sequel? If it does happen, I really do hope that Anne and Gilbert would have the same billing. (05/02/00)


Reviewer: Peter Collins
Email: User821288@aol.com
Rating: 4.5
In it's own it was a great movie, I loved everything about it. Only problems I had were that they spent too long going on about the war, and there was too little of the innocence from the first two. It was too grown up! But as I said I am pleased how good it actually was, I was expecting something really bad. (04/25/00)


Reviewer: Becky
Email: bcardwell60@hotmail.com
I would like to challenge Sullivan Entertainment to read the books. Especially Rilla of Ingleside, the chapter "Little Dog Monday Knows". What could be better than watching all of this chapter come to life?! How can you embelish on Montgomery's work? It speaks for itself. Wouldn't it be nice to see a movie, based soley on the books. Maybe Sullivan could do that for us, or perhaps Sullivan could initiate a search for a producer who could make a movie from L.M. Montgomery's point of view. Wouldn't it be nice to see Jem, Walter, Shirley, Anne and Diana, and Rilla growing up? And what about their friends in Rainbow Valley? What a terrible shame that the characters might never be brought to film! Wouldn't you guys out there in "Green Gable land" love to see the books in their true form brought to screen??!! Maybe even a mini-series? (04/22/00)


Reviewer: UK Anne Fan
Tell me this. Am I the only one to think that it was a shame we lost the "real" war story as portrayed in Rilla of Ingleside? It occurred to me that Sullivan might have had a bit of a winner on his hands if he had manipulated the timings a bit to set it in WW2. Then you could have had Anne and Gilbert and their six kids, with Walter (for example!) dying on the D-Day landing beaches, and Jem being kidnapped and being in a PoW camp. It might have led to more realistic characterisation! I appreciate that following AofGG the Sequel, it wouldn't have been poss to stick to the story as that was cleary set in the Edwardian age.

I was unsure about watching Anne 3 - but actually enjoyed it. There was much much more tension than the other films,but I did quite enjoy it. I think the only scene which really upset me was Anne drinking whisky out of a hip flask. Erm, wasn't she raised by good temperance stock in Marilla? Didn't like that! But it was so nice to see all the characters, and I confess that I had a tear in my eye at the end when they announced they were moving to Glen St Mary - that was a nice touch!

I love the Anne books, and have done so for the last 15 years. I even read Anne of GG early in the morning of my wedding day - I got to the bit where they announced that they were friends (after Matthew dies) and thought ahhh! Just a wee tip for brides to be - Anne really does make your wedding day complete (te he!!!). Anyway - this is a long post - just wanted to get all this off my chest! (04/22/00)


Reviewer: Faye
Email: fayecutler@hotmail.com
Rating: 4
As a british fan it was wonderful to see anything of Anne. The longer versions of the two originals were excellent. Anne 3 also has some wonderful moments. The wedding scene being a favourite. The production is good and the acting as usual excellent. I thought it was interesting to see Anne in so many different contexts and places. Her imagination should not be limited by just staying in PEI. However I have 3 main critisms. 1) We should have seen more of Anne and Gilbert in Avonlea. 2) The ending was very rushed and should have been draw out or we should have been shown more of it. 3) There was very little humour like the original books. I missed Anne's diasters! Overall very good, but not like the originals!!! (04/20/00)


Reviewer: JANE
Email: WESTIE@GUERNSEY.NET
Rating: 1
I WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS VIDEO AS I'AM THE PROUD OWNER OF THE FIRST TWO.BOUGHT A COPY OF "THE CONTINUING STORY" THIS WEEK.COULD'NT WAIT TO GET IT HOME,BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE WORD TO EXPLAIN THIS VIDEO AND IT HAS TO BE "TERRIBLE".A TRULY DREADFUL VIDEO,FAR FETCHED,OVERACTED,AND FAR TO LONG.IF THIS WAS THE LAST EPISODE OF THE ANNE SHIRLEY STORIES ,ALL I CAN SAY IS GOOD,I COULD'NT SIT THROUGH ANOTHER 2 AND HALF HOURS OF RUBBISH LIKE THIS (04/20/00)


Reviewer: Amanda
Email: mountaindew7@hotmail.com
I personally haven't seen the movie yet but i think it will be great if i just dont think of the books while i'm watching it. I agree with the people who said that they really didnt mind it being different. To the people who hated it ITS JUST A MOVIE! get over it..sullivan was just trying to make it exciting... I think i would like it if it were like the books or not. (04/19/00)


Reviewer: Rebecca
Email: pocahontas_85@hotmail.com
PLEASE PLEASE I am so desperate to see this last film but i live in Australia and there is no release date yet. I have many memories sitting at home infront of the TV MESMORISED by this film when i was younger. I want to BE Anne! Can anyone at all help me, its such a special piece of TV history. (04/18/00)


Reviewer: Emmaline
Email: nielserichansen@cs.com
Rating: 4
Okay, chill guys. I thought this movie was wonderful. I have to admit, it is not at all what L M Montgomery had in mind, but Sullivan explained that-the books were set with Anne growing up in the 1880s, and his movies (for some reason) were set in the early 1900s, so Anne and Gil would have been in their early twenties. This movie is very different from the first two, but it's wonderful. It left me satisfied in a way that the first two didn't. The relationship between Anne and Gil never seemed fully done, and at the end of the second movie seemed rushed. (Megan Follows said the same thing!) And what I loved about this is that you can really see how much they love each other. I had my problems with the story, and I agree that it is highly unlikely that anyone would go looking for their spouses while they're off at war-but go with it, it just makes it more romantic when they're reunited. It bugged me that Gil buys Green Gables for Anne, just for them to give it away to Fred and Diana at the end, but again, go with it. These minor glitches don't take away from the total beauty of the film. The one thing that really really bothered me is that they didn't use Hagood Hardy's beautiful music from the first two. Instead they used the music from the show Avonlea, which is perfectly nice, but there was something so enchanting about the first simple melody. And I don't care, I LOVED Anne's wedding dress! (04/18/00)


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