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'Anne of Green Gables - The Good Stars'
(Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford, Martin Sheen, et al / NR / DVD / 2017 / 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 - The Good Stars' brings to life a further 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, that time-told story have now been evolved into a brand new chapter.

As she did in last years remake of the original, Ella Ballentine does another superb job a 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 also returns, and does another 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.

Also returning is the lovable Martin Sheen, whose character blends in so naturally, so seamlessly that you forget while watching that it's a movie. Indeed, he brings a kind of beloved kindred spirit performance to the audience. I mean, for sure, if there were ever a dad figure you would want to grow up with, it would be with Matthew Cuthbert.

In this newest chapter of the original setting, Anne Shirley is thirteen years old and finds that life in Avonlea is never simple. Anne's bosom friendship with Diana Barry is put to the test when Anne begins to spend more time with Gilbert Blythe.

And when Matthew's health begins to slide, he implores Anne to keep it secret because he doesn't want Marilla to worry. Anne struggles with her promise, but in the end, she confesses the truth to Marilla and must then wrestle with the burden of her betrayal to Matthew.

Torn between her free-spirited nature and her own perceived need to become sensible, Anne finds that the journey toward her goal is fraught with confusion and more than a few unfortunate yet amusing mishaps in 'L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables The Good Stars.'

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.

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