Like many on here, I was very disappointed that the storyline did not follow the storyline in the books. I was hoping to see Anne and Gil's life in Glen St. Mary, Gil being a small town doctor, he and Anne starting a family together, etc. Instead we have Gilbert and Anne in New York City, Anne working at a publishing house, Gil working at a hospital, a baby that they later adopt, World War I, and about a billion other things that bear no resemblance to the world that LMM created. Why was there a need for an adopted child? Anne and Gil had *seven* children of their own in the books (counting Joyce---whose birth and death really should have been included in this movie). I was also disappointed that Anne and Gil's wedding lasted about two seconds in Anne3. I was looking forward to this movie to finally see what Anne and Gil's life as a couple was like (they were only a couple in the ending scenes of Anne2). Admittedly, there was some of this in Anne3, and those were the parts I liked... but there was not enough of that. Too, the directing wasn't as good in Anne3. The scene where Anne and Gilbert are reunited when she is singing "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" was one of the most important scenes in the film, and it was far too rushed and brief.
On the other hand, I'm happy that they made a third Anne film, and the acting was (as usual) very good. The storyline itself, while confusing, would not have been bad on its own---it just suffers in comparison to the books that we all love so much. I would have preferred Kevin Sullivan to stick to the books, but still, Anne3 is an OK film. And I've already seen it three times, so how horrible could it be? :) (10/18/2001)
I was extremely dissappointed with the Anne 3 addition to the Anne of Green Gables series. On it's own, the movie would have been quite tolerable as a completely disconnected story about a woman in WW1, however as part of an Anne trilogy it was far too sensational and dramatic. Anne didn't have to use her imagination that she was leading a dramatic and romantic life as she stumbled among the ruins of WW1, collecting orphaned children!
The charm, and I think one of the central themes of the Anne movies and books is that there is humour and beauty in the everyday, hum-drum encounters of life, like chasing a jersey cow, pretending to be the lily maid and being snubbed at parties. The genius of L M Montgomery was to take apparently dull, everyday experiences and infuse them with humour and drama. After Anne has written her sensational novel 'Averil's Atonement', Gilbert suggests that she forget the 'high faluting mumbo jumbo' and write about the everyday experiences she is familiar with. Although angry at the time, this is one of the key lessons Anne learns, through her dissappointments and the subsequent publishing of her book about Avonlea. The film ends with Anne describing the 'long lesson' she had to learn that "it's not what the world holds for you, but what you bring to i". All of this seems to fly out the window in Anne three, where the writers seem to want to throw in every bit of sensationalism they can find, including the drama and horror of a world conflict. The charm of the first two Anne films is the small world they inhabit of Prince Edward Island, and to a small degree mainland Canada. It is to be part of this unique world that viewers tune in, to be transported to a small town where the characters are as caught up with the fact that people are dropping in "right on the dinner hour" as Marilla is!
With this in mind, any Anne film dealing with the War should have been based on the home front as indeed the book "Rilla of Ingleside" is. Moreover, the downfall of Anne 3 is to fail to understand that the genious of the first Anne movies was the small world of Avonlea, P.E.I. The first movies did not have to rely on a sensational war time storyline, but were carried soley by wonderful character development and relationships between a small circle of people. (10/14/2001)
Well, I recently picked up the 3rd installment of the Anne Series. I know there has been a lot of controversy considering the movie has not following to the book. However I believe that the movie was made to impress the television audience not the die hard Lucy Maud fan. We all realize, I'm sure, that media audiences strive on heroism. So what better way to successful interpret that then set the movie in World War I. I to am a Lucy Maud Montgomery fan and I would be interested in seeing what the final book would of looked like as a movie, however I am very thankful for what was made and I believe that it is a terrific film with an intriguing story line. The realtionships of the characters were easily rekindled, and the romance between the properties, the characters, and the sets were fully intact. (10/14/2001)
i really needed to find some information about the popularity of anne of green gabels around the world. so if someone could email em with some of that info it would be appriciated (10/08/2001)
Reviewer: Meg Scott
OK so the acting was good ...the costumes were good, but the story line was so far off the books I was very dissappointed. The era was totally wrong for Anne and Gil. It was their children who were involved with going off to the war.As for talk about a fourth one.....It would be difficult to go back and do justice LMM story. It just couldn't be based oh Her ANNE any more (10/08/2001)
Reviewer: Spencer Lent
I thought it was very good. Some may say that Anne isn't herself in those movies. Well, I wouldn't be myself if I was in the middle of World War 1 in a land I didn't know searching for my wife. I thought it was great, but not as good as the first two. (10/06/2001)
Reviewer: Vicky Wiseman
Okay Anne 1 & 2 moved things about abit, but it was all near enough to what was conveyed in the books to be just as fantastic. These films were the nearest thing to televisual perfection I have come across. Why ruin everything with such a dreadful third installment. It was so disappointing I wish I hadn't seen it. Why contruct such a stupid sortyline, when there was ample excellent material in the subsequent Anne books. Kevin Sullinvan has taken a great story and made it very ordinary. (09/25/2001)
I am not good at reviews so I will just give my opinion. Although I fell in love with Anne3, I couldn't help but feel there should have been a film made in between Anne2 and Anne3. It was to big a jump to make. We never really were given insight to the development of the relationships and events that took place in that gap. However, Anne3 is here and despite the fact that it seemed rushed in portraying the story, it didn't fail to make me laugh and make me cry. It had an emotional storyline that strayed from the lighthearted themes of the first two films. But it delivered the goods well with bits of humor, such as Anne posing as a nun and while perched upon the train car seat with her habit draped over her knees taking slugs from a flask! This time around we are watching a more serious Anne as she finds herself in the midst of a war while searching for her husband and at the same time doing anything and everything she can to help bring a child to safety. We are introduced to new characters and the same dear ones we so fondly remember. There's a new man in Annes life but never a conflict as to where her heart and loyalty lie. I just think this was a great installemnt and Kevin Sullivan never fails when he makes an Anne movie. He may not follow the books, but he created an on screen Green Gables and world of Anne that will never be matched. (09/24/2001)
I thought the movie was great!! (09/23/2001)
Reviewer: Kristina Donnelly
Although the movie has nothing really to do with the books it was still amazing and wonderful. The acting was great and just the story line was enough to make you fall in love with Anne and Gilbert all over again!! I know some people didn't like it and all the Jack Garrison stuff in it but i think that just made the ending so much better. I do, however, hope that Kevin Sullivan will come out with yet another Anne of Green Gables movie that will introduce more of the books and Anne and Gilbert's Children. I an Forever an Anne of Green Gables Fan. (09/22/2001)