Sunday, August 9, 2009

Movie Review: Mansfield Park (2007)

Mansfield Park (2007), Grade: B

I love all things Austen, so I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. But Mansfield Park isn't one of my top Austen novels. Fanny isn't my favorite heroine nor is Edmund my favorite hero. I think I enjoyed the older BBC version a lot better. In this version you don't quite get the abuse that Fanny has to endure while she's with her cousins. Aunt Norris is a horrible person, yet you don't quite get that feeling in this movie. And I just kept hoping that Edmund would wake up and smell the coffee when it came to Mary Crawford! He does, but it takes forever. The movie shows a lot of her and her brother as they talk of their schemes to marry into the family. Hayley Atwell was an excellent Mary Crawford. Fanny was played as more of a tomboy in this one. She seemed more of a genteel sort of personality in the other version. So all-in-all, it was a fun version and worth a view!

Part of the Everything Austen Challenge.

7 comments:

  1. I'm reading this book now and plan to watch the film soon after. Glad you liked the film :) Thanks for the review!

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  2. I just watched this yesterday. Mansfield Park isn't one of y favorites either. For me, the movie moved really fast. I was a bit surprised by how Mr. and Miss Crawford were portrayed. Were you?

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  3. Not my favorite Austen either, but I'll probably watch this movie at some point. My daughter enjoyed it, too.

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  4. Certainly not my favourite dramatisation of an Austen classic either. I have to say I think it is let down by the miscasting of Billie Piper. She can play a cockney/Londoner well enough, but she is not convincing as minor gentry.

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  5. I havent seen this one yet either. Thanks for posting... reminds me to get going! LOL :)

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  6. i'm still working my way through reading mansfield park. 3 weeks now. it's my evening reading. the characters aren't as fun as the other austen creations. but i'm curious to see what happens and who ends up together.

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  7. I've not read the novel yet, but loved the movie version with Jonny Lee Miller as Edmund. I'll have to see if my library has this one.

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