'Anne of Green Gables'
(Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford, Martin Sheen, et al / G / DVD / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: True to the beloved classic that has enchanted fans across the world for over a century, L.M. Montgomery's 'Anne of Green Gables' brings to life the story of the determined, spirited little girl who touches the lives of everyone she meets.
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (published as L. M. Montgomery). Written for all ages, it has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.
Sure it has been made into TV movies and such many times before, but here in this brand new release from PBS, well, it seems to have taken on a whole new life.
Ella Ballentine did a superb performance bringing her character of Anne to life. She as well can lead an audience in any direction and not disappoint in any way or form. A human firecracker in the making and an array of feelings that will bring you back to childhood with a convincing connection, that's for sure. Sarah Botsford did an awesome job with her character. Her ways of motherhood and friend locks you into her character and takes you for a ride that will for sure not only get you thinking, but I actually was hoping for acceptance from her character as if she was my own mother.
Martin Sheen's character blended in so naturally that you forget while watching that it's a movie. He brought a as he put it a kindred spirit to the audience. If there were ever a dad figure you would want to grow up with, it would be with Matthew Cuthbert. You will not be disappointed with this movie for it is a great Sunday movie to watch with your family or friends. Just be ready to shed the odd tear or two! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.