Anne 3 Review Book

Reviewer: Anne fan
Rating: 2
I just saw "Anne 3, The Continuing Story" last night.What a radical departure from the previous two movies I so love! Yes, there were sparks of our old Anne-- when she smiled, when she laughed in glee-- but there was also a lot of pain, tragedy, and cruelty for our heroine in this latest story. It made me sad, I must admit. I love the beautiful setting of the first two movies, while this latest takes place in decayed and war-ridden sets. The issues were all so serious and somber-- Anne facing the plagurism of her work, Gil examining a man's leg diseased with gangurine, Anne rushing to save a child buried under an explosion of rubble...etc. I missed the simple stories of the first movies-- when Anne's big dilemia was how to tell Marilia that there was a dead mouse in the sauce, or facing an angry neighbor after a cow trampled a flower bed. I love the innocence of the Anne movies, and how it captures the joys and ackwardness of a certain age. While Anne 3 certainly gave the actors much meatier roles to sink their teeth into, and tackled some serious social issues, I was sorry that it wasn't another movie about the simple trials of country life and the spunky imagination of Anne. (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Dave
Email: Syettip@AOL.com
Rating: 2
I get the impression from what I've read about Anne 3 that Kevin Sullivan didn't want to make it, and only did so because of all the repeated requests over the years. It almost seems that Anne 3 was made to spitefully disappoint everyone who loved Anne of Green Gables and Anne Of Avonlea. Where in the first two movies there were some respect for religious values in Anne 3 we have Anne drinking whiskey from a flask while dressed as a nun. We also have Diana swearing. Anne 3 was almost completely devoid of humor or wit. The romantic scenes such as Anne and Gilbert's wedding (which people have been wanting to see for YEARS) were done hastily as if the movie makers were in a rush to get them over and done with. There were even hints that Anne was unfaithful, something utterly out of character with the Anne of the books and the first two movies. Can anyone believe that Anne Shirley would ever have fallen for someone like Jack Garrison, especially AFTER she was married to Gil? The last few minutes of the second part were nice, and had some of the charm of the original movies, but even these were rushed as if the producers hated to dwell on anything that might uplight the audience. Megan Follows is a wonderfully talented actress, and obviously worked very hard in this movie, and I fell sorry for her that her efforts were undermined by such a poor script. This movie might have worked better as a episode of Young Indiana Jones. I don't really mind that the movie didn't follow the books at all, but I am terribly disappointed that no effort was made to catch the spirit of the books. A much better effort could have been made. (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Rebeckah
Email: punkawunka84@yahoo.com
Rating: 3
I enjoy the fact that Sullivan Entertainment decided to make an Anne 3, but I think they waited to long! I mean 12 to 13 years is a long time! I thought for one they should have made it when Colleen Dewhurst was still alive, because it would have been nice to have Marilla at the wedding! Another thing is Gilbert should have been in it more especially at the end! Anne didn't find him again until 10 minutes before it ended! What kind of romance is that! Now, I don't mean to just say what I hated but the last thing is I would have like to see more of the wedding ceremony at least the vows which like you I have been waiting 13 years to see! I loved how they showed Anne not giving up on Gilbert and Dominique! When they adopted him at the end I was crying especially when he ran up to Anne and they hadn't seen him in a year! Well, that is my review and I am sorry for all of the complaints! I just think Sullivan Entertainment could have done a little better! (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Carey
Email: carey98
Rating: 3
I missed the first half of the movie, but I did catch the last half last night. I was kinda lost, probably because I didn't see the first part. I have to say that I was a little disappointed in it also. It just didn't have the usually Anne personality. What happened to her literary adventures and that great dialogue? And there was like no scenes of the romance between her and Gil. In that second half, if I hadn't known the characters from the earlier movies, I wouldn't have even know I was watching the same series of movies. Definately not what I would have expected for Anne 3. I'm hoping there's a Anne 4 so the writers can try to redeem themselves. WE WANT THE OLD ANNE BACK! (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Nadine
Rating: 1
I was very disappointed with Anne 3. It did not have any resemblance at all to L.M. Montgomery's book!! It was a travesty to see her work so horribly violated!!! How could Kevin Sullivan do it? First, and foremost Anne and Gilbert should have been too old to fightr in WWI. It was their children Walter and Gem that faught in the War in Rilla of Ingleside!!!! I was terribly disgusted with the movie (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Sarah Zeldman
Email: sbzeldman@aol.com
Rating: .5
I was so looking forward to this. I was willing to forgive a lot, but this third rate script and lack of charaterization was unforgiveable. Lucy Maud must be spinning in her grave. It seemed like it wasn't even our dear Anne on the screen. Just some woman with red hair. No innocence, no imagination, little spunk. What happened to the daydreaming girl with, charm, talent, a temper and a knack for getting into "scrapes." The plot, wasn't even interesting enough on it's own. And who wants to see our dear Anne (or someone who resembles her) in the middle of an ugly war with blood and guts and tons of fear? Well, I am willing to be forgiving. I'll try to forget this blight on Anne, but I hope that Mr. Sulivan makes an Anne 4 and keeps our dear girl where she belongs - on PEI with Gilbert, imagining, writing, and getting into sweet, benign "scrapes." Please forgive me for being so harsh. I was really looking forward to this and was sorely disappointed. I wanted to commiserate with people who appreciate Anne. (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Kristin
Email: MissKristyM@yahoo.com
Rating: 1
This Anne movie reminds me of the Twilight Zone! I did "enjoy" seeing Anne's strength taking care of herself, Fred and Dominic. I liked seeing the different family unit in times of war and seeing how war can change life so much. I found nothing at all wrong with Anne and Freds friendship. They really did only have each other for all that time and not once did they betray their husband or wife. At least they became friends in this movie. I enjoyed a teensy handful of scenes, but for the most part was crying in my pillow. I think it's horrible that KS did this to Anne's story. An Anne setting is beautiful PEI scenery; not battlefields! Anne's story involves kindred spirits; not spies! I didn't exactly 'hate' Jack Garrison, but why even bother with him? Jack was way too immature to put in an Anne love triangle. Why wasn't Diana finding herself stuck in one of Anne's silly scrapes in this movie? Where were Anne's catchy lines and imagination? Just b/c Anne grew up that doesn't mean her entire personality should change too. I have heard that Megan was disgusted with the script, almost didn't do this movie and she and KS don't get along that well. Megan IS Anne to me, so I'm happy she bit the bullet (pardon the pun). She did wonderful acting in the movie as did everyone else. BUT, KS needs his head examined. I miss the old Kevin Sullivan. KS used to be so smart and understood the heart of LMM's AOGG stories. He's made a lot of money from her books before and with this last movie I feel like he's bit the hand that feeds him. Why did he even compare Anne 3 to LMM's work at all? Besides the characters names, I don't see ANY resemblance. (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Lawana Anderson
Email: clandlc@aol.com
Rating: 2
Not really what I was expecting. I wanted more of her life without the war. I was glad for the happy ending, that was in the "kindred spirit" with the Anne way. (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Melissa
Email: todmelben@aol.com
Rating: 3
My husband and I just finished watching the finale of Anne 3. He rates it a 3. The first two movies are what I call "keepers." Movies that you can own and watch over and over and never get tired of. Anne 3 is not a keeper, however I did videotape it just in case. I probably won't be buying the Disney version. Because I haven't read beyond Anne of the Island in the Green Gables series, I can't compare the movie to the true continuing story line. However, I thought the movie was awfully serious, and I missed the quotable one-liners. We both enjoyed the movie all in all. I happened to like the Jack Garrison twist for the entertainment value, except for Anne's little caresses and comments at the very end. Being a mom of two kids under four, it bothered me that the director didn't make carrying around an infant more realistic. Anne never seemed to have food or diapers when she wisked Dominic off on these long adventures. I guess it all comes down to "it's just a movie." It would have been nice to be able to laugh a lot more. Diana seemed kind of snobbish, but I liked the replacement Fred. He did a good job. A movie more closely based on the LMM books is in order, however I think Megan and Jonathan are too old for the parts. I wonder if Sullivan could ever find actors to match up to their original performances? (07/31/00)


Reviewer: Renee
Email: naybaby@earthlink.net
I agree with Rebecca and hated it and wish it had never been made. To have Fred Wright and Anne living in an apartment together unmarried in 1918 is preposterous. It would never have been permitted. To have Diana and Fred having marriage problems is sickening. I tried to make a list of any points of humor and at the end of the movie my list was empty. The films were sad, depressing, and gory. I am so glad I didn't bother taping them. I really couldn't express how much I disliked it. I am sorry Megan Follows agreed to be in such a film. (07/31/00)


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