Anne 3 Review Book

Reviewer: Carrie
I was so happy to see more Anne of Green Gables. My only disappointment was that the story seem choppy, like they cut out too many parts to make it fit in the TV time frame. There wasn't enough of Gil and Anne, we barely see their wedding and them Gil is gone for almost the rest of the movie. I just wanted to see them together longer. (07/31/00)


Reviewer: RYoung
Email: RYoung1231@cs.com
Rating: 4
I agree that the books provide SO MANY good story ideas. It seems like Sullivan Films could have found a winner in sticking closer to the books. However, I must say that I did enjoy the film and will of course purchase it for my video library. My children watched it as well and it provided a good teaching time on war. It was definitely a more serious film, but the nature of era demanded that it be. The characters were not kids anymore. I thought it was pretty realistic in taking characters from childhood dreams to the reality of life during that time. Anne's spirit was there. It was her determination and will to find Gil. There was to much of Jack's character, but they didn't ask my opinion when writing the script! :) I enjoyed the clips from the first movie (choked me up!) and it was grand seeing so many familiar faces. I felt like I was seeing old friends again! I would love to see an Anne 4, but Sullivan should read Montgomery's work again. Anne 3 left of in a place where they could back track and use the stories where Anne and Gil settle down in their House of Dreams. Over all I enjoyed it, mainly just to see the characters again. (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Pat Bernard
Rating: 5
I just finished watching AnneIII. It was a wonderful story. It had the emotion that the first two parts had. I hope it is shown again soon. It is worth watching again and again. (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Beth Anne
Email: xmasfrog@aol.com
Rating: 1
After just having completed watching this movie, I felt compelled to write a review. I am utterly and totally disgusted, to the point that I truly wish I had not watched Anne 3. To Kevin: what in heaven's name happened?! It was as if a familiar cast was taken and thrown into another dimension, where they all looked (mostly) the same but had none of the spark or vitality that made them so endearing in their debuts. Even Josie wasn't herself, I was expectantly hoping she would claw at Anne's eyes or even just give a little swipe for old time's sake. The deviation from Ms. Montgomery's actual novels is so wide that the movie should not have even born her title. Anne 3 was not only poor, it was depressing. Even my father-- a complete non-Anne fan-- kept walking into the room asking "has there been a cafuffle yet?" And each time I had to regretfully reply "no". There was not one bit of the mischief or humor that was so characteristic of Anne and, I thought, of Kevin Sullivan's direction. Why couldn't we have stuck to "canon", what on earth was wrong with Ingleside and the Blythe brood? And a little side note: I was MORTIFIED with the marital trouble between Diana and Fred ("roly-poly Fred Wright?"). An unnecessary and unwanted story complication added to a plot that already had me swimming. The characters were flat, the story was stale, and the most disappointing part of all was that it could have been so good. I'm truly sorry that this film was every produced. (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Rebecca
I think some of you are being way too hardon the film. Anne, Gilbert and the rest of these wonderful charaters are grown up. What better way to have them grow up then be put through the trial that is war? As far as wanting Anne and Josie to be "lifelong" enemies...THAT would be entirely unlike Anne. True she can hold a grudge, but what would have happened had she never forgiven Gilbert? I would hardly call her and Josie friends anyways. They shared some rather typical Anne/Josie iceish scenes. Also someone made the comment that it was completely unlike Anne to be "boozing it up" I would hardly call a couple of sips on a flask, the aforesaid. Also when Anne was on stage singing, she was barely singing along and the only time she had a smile was when she saw Gilbert. All and all I liked the movie. I liked the books better but at least this way we could see a little of that handsome Jonathan Crombie!! Anyone know if he is planning on being in anything else soon? (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Lori
Email: llhagerman@worldnet.att.net
Rating: 2
I was terribly disappointed in this movie. While it was a good story, I felt it could have been told with any characters -- so, why the Anne of Green Gables characters? The original books are so wonderful, and I just don't understand why they had to tamper with them. (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Jodie
Email: Librarygirl37@hotmail.com
Rating: 1.5
Sorry to be harsh but I believe the movie hardly meets up to the expectations of the original author. Frankly, L.M. would be rolling in her grave if she ever knew how her characters, and plot had been manipulated and recharacterized. Furthermore, there is too much "modern" material in the scripts. For example- since when did Anne take to smoking and drinking? I can understand that her nerves would have a little frazzled over what was happening in Europe, but Anne isn't exactly what one would call a boozing woman. I just can't really see her standing on stages with a couple of broads singing her heart out. It's not dignified and just doesn't fit with the character L.M. created her to be. Secondly, Anne would never have been allowed to roam all over Europe during the Great War- just because this is a more liberal age, whoever wrote the screenplay couldn't been a little more historically accurate. There is too much Garrison and not enough Gilbert. Sullivan should have stuck to the books- they have been a classic for almost a century and will continue to be so despite this flop of a movie. The only thing I have to say in praise of the movie- the acting itself. All characters are portrayed with much ability and talent. However, they weren't the same characters portrayed in the other movies. Perhaps Sullivan should've quit while he was ahead. As Anne herself once said " Some books are just better left on the shelf". I am a devoted and avid reader and I think that I shall forget this movie ever took place and read the books 4-8 of the series in attempts to remove this story from my memory. Sincerely, Jodie of Messiah College (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Sarah
Email: just_another@nonconformist.co.uk
Rating: 2
I've already seen both parts, being in Canada. I hated it. I liked some of the scenes, but the essence, what MADE it Anne, was all gone. No great quotables, no Montgomery spirit or sensitivity. No creativity or gracefulness. Just drama. Drama, war, and quick moving scenes. This is nothing like the first two, and it's not even that the actors are older. I miss Rachel Lynde and the fights between Josie & Anne; they're enemies for LIFE and I WISH Mr. Sullivan hadn't made them friends. Stupid, stupid, stupid. I agree with the aforementioned, 'House of Dreams' is a very dramatic book, and supposedly the one Maud felt most proud of (she says so in her journal.) I decided to watch it again because I was crying so much in the first one to actually watch it thoughouly...but as as a devoted Anne and Maud fan, I can say very little about this film, except that I am terribly dissapointed and will only think of the first two Anne movies as the set. Sullivan gave the beauty and tenderness for Hollywood and effects. No thank you. I thought of all the violence and ugliness, Anne would be the one thing that wouldn't change. It was such a wonderful world, and Sullivan ruined it. Such a shame. (07/31/00)


Reviewer: al
Email: lilred_10_fmu@hotmail.com
Rating: 5
I really enjoyed the movie. I realize the movie was not just like the books, but come on now what book and movie are just a like. The only thing that bother me was that they waited 13 years to do another.So the actors were older . The only one who did not age is Gilbert. And he is still as cute as he was 13 years ago. JOb well done!!! (07/29/00)


Reviewer: Dani
Rating: 4
It was good but straid to far from the bookstis is just a review for the first half. (07/29/00)


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