Anne 3 Review Book

Reviewer: Robin
Email: rob.lindner@att.net
Rating: 2
"I'm in the depths of despair." It was through this website I learned of the US airdates for the long awaited sequel to my all-time favorite movie. All I can say is that I was bitterly disappointed. The ONLY reason I'm giving it a 2 was that it was WONDERFUL to see all of the old characters again...even Josie. I, like many others who reviewed this film, have in my library copies of the first two films. My biggest fear is that they will some day wear out. I spent many "Jonah Days" as child and young adult curled up in front of the television set fascinated by the day-to-day life in Avonlea. The characters and setting have the ability to swallow you up and bring some moments of happiness...or at the very least distraction from our daily battles. The third film disturbed me for many reasons...the least of which was not getting to see Gil too much. Have we all forgotten he doesn't show up for a good portion of "Anne of Avonlea?" Having said that...I was quite sad that Diana had suddenly become a snob, that her marriage to Fred was in shambles, and that there seemed to be little love between her and her children. Gil seemed a little more of a stuffed shirt than I think we were all used to. After all, she does call him the "incorrigible Gil." The chemistry between Johnathon and Megan is undeniable, but the moments in which the old characters really shone through were too few and far between. The first two movies were entirely about Anne's quirks and catastophes. We only saw her fall on her face a couple of times in the this film, and the catastrophes seemed to be just that...WAY more catastrophic than anything that would happen in Avonlea. Why did the wedding receive so little attention? What in heaven's name was this bizarre fascination with Jack Garrison? I felt it was Morgan Harris almost all over again. And "GOOD GRIEF" HOW could Anne possibly blow off Green Gables in the end after the scenes in the beginning and the intense love she had for home? The magic was gone. The movie seemed more like a bad spy novel than the humorous tales of Anne and Co. that we all came to love so much. I, like many other contributors, would like to forget this film even exists because I hated the way it turned out so much. I would MUCH rather use my "scope of imagination" and picture the ending we all wanted. This third film certainly didn't do LMM's novels justice...nor any of her devoted fans. If there is to be a 4th one, I would hope Mr. Sullivan would go back to the formula that worked before. As the saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." (08/05/00)


Reviewer: Terry Wise
Email: Kingdomgirl9@aol.com
Rating: 8
I really liked anne of avonlea i just wished that someone would make a nother one well this one is greatmake one about Gilbert and Anne!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (08/05/00)


Reviewer: Katie
Email: Days00@aol.com
Rating: 3
I enjoyed the movie. I just wished that there would have been more Anne/Gil seens. They just have some much chemistry together. (08/05/00)


Reviewer: Diana
Email: smilegrrl_81@yahoo.com
Rating: 3
I really loved the fact that they made another Anne movie, but I was terribly disappointed in it. The only resemblance I saw to the books was the fact that Anne and Gilbert got married. Gilbert never went off to war. In fact WWI didn't happen in the books till their younget daughter Rilla was in her teen years. It was nice to see the characters again but I was disappointed. (08/05/00)


Reviewer: Michelle
Email: Michelle@mkirkham.fsbusiness.co.uk
Rating: 2
Unfortunately for me and probably many Anne fans, the 3rd film was a terrible disappointment. There was real 'magic' and 'spark' in the two older films and I feel this was severely lacking in both the script and characters in the new film. It was excellent seeing the old faces but as other fans have suggested, the characters should have been explored more - they were two-dimentional and even 'wooden'(I hate to say this as the acting in the first two films was superb). I think that this is what upset me the most. The people behind the film didn't seem to believe in Anne of Green Gables anymore. (08/04/00)


Reviewer: Erin
Email: eyelton@bw.edu
Although the new movie is admittedly lacking in both the subtlety and magic of the first two, I can understand the writers' idea of making the plot more worldly. Once the complication of "parted love" has been solved, writers must have been afraid that driving motivation in the plot would be lost. Unfortunately, the grim reality of war presented complications that even Kevin Sullivan couldn't wriggle out of. But it was such a pleasure to see the cast together again. Megan and Jonathan have such a wonderful chemistry, and it is obvious they are doing their best to pull off a less-then-effervescent script. Valiant effort. The kisses are almost worth the war. (08/04/00)


Reviewer: Ashley
Email: burch@uab.edu
Rating: 2
I was so disappointed with this movie. I got so excited when I learned it was coming on and even taped it. I have the other 2 movies and the entire Anne series of books. It was wonderful getting to see all the old characters again, but Sullivan ruined it! We've waited 13 years for the wedding of Anne and Gil and they spent a measley 5 minutes on it. Where was our old charming Anne? I think Sullivan should have made something a little closer to the books. What the fans of Anne enjoy is being let inside the lives of the characters. They should have made a movie about Anne and Gil getting married and setting up a home of their own. All the little Anne mishaps is what makes the other 2 movies so great, and it would have been the same in this one. I'm still holding out hope that there will be a 4th movie to right this awful 3rd one. The 4th movie should be simple and concentrate on Anne and Gil's day to day life. That's not boring at all; it's where the characters can actually be developed; where the old Anne is in her element; where she can make her mistakes in her scope for imagination and attempt to drink life in; where the laughs and the tears come in. That's what I want! This movie was not that at all and was a severe disappointment. (08/04/00)


Reviewer: Susan
Email: sqh409@aol..com
Rating: 5
It is a great movie! Make more! (08/03/00)


Reviewer: Jadie Davis
Email: jadiedavis@aol.com
Rating: 1
Dismal, dark, and bearing little resemblance to the memorable beauty and charm of the first 2 movies, The Continuing Story was a disappointment. I will not purchase a copy to sit beside movies I and II. The characters seemed two-dimensional, lost in the chaos of death, dying, and war. Where was Anne's lovely vocabulary? the subtle pathos? the humor of poking fun at human nature? All gone. I will be exercising my "scope of imagination" to erase the horrible storyline of my favorite LMM characters. (08/03/00)


Reviewer: A Kindred Spirit
Email: Greengables3@cs.com
Rating: BOMB
I'm still fuming after watching that abomination that doesn't exist in my mind. First off, I'm an old guy who likes "akshun pichurs", you know, movies with shoot 'em ups and lots of things that get "blowed up". Well, about thirteen years ago my wife and I sat down to watch this sissymary thing call Green Gables and guess what, I fell totally in love with Anne and the rests of the cast. In case of a fire I and other fans would grab from our movie libraries the Anne tapes first. That is the power and the magic these films have. In a sea of movie sewage comes this haven of love and beauty where the mundane mishaps of life are portrayed in cleaver dramatic fashion with humor in good measure. Ken Sullivan created a world and time where most people wish they could live. So after these many years, I too was anxious to see the old gang and familiar places, but instead we were served up a second rate war film that bared little resemblance to the Green Gables that we love. Now if you want to watch some truly great war flicks check out "Paths of Glory", "The Longest Day", "Apocalypse Now", "Glory", or "Saving Private Ryan" to name a few. But please give us back Anne and Green Gables that we love. I haven't found time to read the books, but I know there is a wealth of material to write better scripts than that sorry downer. At the end of this "thing" I nearly went ballistic when Anne blew off Green Gables as just some fond memory. Well, excuse me, I guess Scarlett thought Tara was some old shotgun shack, Dorthy felt that Oz was just your average cheap carny ride and Shangri-La was a nice place to hang out. For us loyal fans of Green Gables this "thing" was a cold bucket of piss thrown in our faces. (Sorry to offend anyone, but be glad I waited several days to cool down before writing this review). Please Mr. Sullivan, bury this "thing" in Tartarus, the lowest level in movie sequel hell. Maybe we fans can be collectively hypnotized to not remember seeing this desecration. KS you were a genius in making the first two "Anne of Green Gables" and by those high standards we expected so much more than what you delivered. As to any future efforts to encourage you to do another sequel, don't bother, I fear the damage has been done. P.S. If this movie had no connections to the Anne films, it would have been just OK, certainly better than most of the current movies being made. (08/03/00)


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