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Written by Michelle Angelica
(1/11/2013 9:46 a.m.)
I just borrowed a box of JA adaptations on my library, a welcome chance to watch older adaptations that I haven't seen yet. I have just finished MP1 and found it very charming and entertaining. As always, an adaptation has advantages and drawbacks and I would like to list my views on what works well and not so well.
Things I liked:
I generally enjoyed that there was ample time to unfold all the important plot points and that so much delightful dialouge was used.
This I found off-putting:
The casting of Fanny. Fanny is extremely difficult to cast, I am sure and I think this Fanny looks the part well enough because she is dainty and angelic. But she also constantly appears frumpy, silly, slow of understanding, almost as dazed as Lady Bertram and generally not very likeable. Mansfield Park needs a Fanny that shines like a beacon through a delicate frame in order to convey to us the love she inspires in the people around her. As it is, this adaptation implodes because the major plot with two men falling for seems completely unbelievable.
I think Mansfield Park is an extremely difficult piece to recreate on film because so much of appeal rely on a strong Fanny character. We need to admire her moral fiber and see her special brand of beauty before we can appreciate how the other characters evolve in relation to her - whether they realise it or not. But all in all it was still an enjoyable watch I think. I do dream the day someone makes another adaptation where they get the perfect Fanny - maybe never? I would love to hear other people's opinions on this adaptation?
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