Monday, February 4, 2013

A Film Review: Mansfield Park (1983)

You know that feeling you get when you invest hours of your life to a miniseries based on one of your favorite works of fiction, only to come out of your room when its over, blinking your tear filled eyes at the light, wondering what on earth you just wasted so much of you life watching because it certainly wasn't what it claimed to be?  

Well that is what I expected to feel when I started watching this, but as it turns out, this film exceeded my expectations. 

After watching the two more modern adaptations of Mansfield Park I was about ready to give up on there ever being a truly good one. This became available on Netflix instant play recently and I decided to give it a shot, after all, it could be no worse then the other two right?

Aside from the acting, which really was horrible at times, I did enjoy this film. It was by far the most accurate of the three Mansfield Parks. Especially the portrayal of Fanny Price. At first I thought she didn't have enough spirit, (and face it, most people want to give her too much credit, but sometimes we go to the opposite end and don't think about how much spirit she would have to have to stick to her morals so well), but as the movie progressed, her character grew, while still being the meek, quiet, and sometimes fragile Fanny that Jane Austen wrote into existence.
However!! I couldn't stand Edmund. I'll expand more on what I though of each character's portrayal in another post. I plan to watch and review the other two and then do a comparison of all three sometime in the future. 

So, until then, I do recommend Mansfield Park. I'll give it a three and a half out of five stars. Which means I liked it, I'd watch it again, and someday I would like to have it in my DVD collection. It just didn't quite make it to my favorites list.

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