NA1 has lots to offer the reader; as you say, filming on location in Bath, at the same Assembly Rooms Catherine Morland visits and Jane Austen herself danced.
NA1 shows the real Pump Room, which was a common meeting place for society in JA's Bath and where Catherine met Isabella.
During the gig ride, Georgian Bath streets like Royal Crescent were used for filming; which give some style and authenticity to this adaptation, jmo.
And I always, always enjoy the picturesque 'walk' scene of Henry, Eleanor and Catherine and Henry's clever chat.
okay, NA1 got the Abbey wrong with a crumbly ancient castle, but at least it's gothicky stuff, not Disneyland ;)
Most of the cast are very good. This Catherine is sweet and her fantasies are perhaps more innocent, perhaps and based on Udolpho the book JA gave her heroine to read.
John the idiotic and manipulative Isabella are similar to the parody Thorpes of the book... flustering Mrs Allen with her overfussy dresses is also close to her dingbat character (although I did enjoy Mrs Allen in NA2). I think it was a good idea to identify the self-important, officous General Tilney in his red uniform. And this lovely, serene Eleanor is very like JA's character (contrast 'Charlotte Lucas' type Eleanor of NA2!)
However, must admit I don't like NA1's creepy music score-wish I could turn it down as it nearly overshadows the drama! And far too much mist !
Not sure I'd consider Isabella to be shrewd, but even as a gold digger, she understood the conventions of her society and she'd never bed Capt. Tilney, I agree ! Isabella was in Bath with her family 'digging' for a prosperous, respectable marriage- otherwise she'd be content to be mistress of a rich man.
The out-of-place Marchioness whose General Tilney's mistress in NA1 is apparently to be based on the Countess in Catherine's gothic, Udolpho- only, I doubt any of us got that one. lol!
I've also have never understood that scene of the cartwheeling pageboy. Does it signify need for escape ? At least it's a short scene.
Yet, despite it's umpteen faults, NA1 has lots of dialogue from JA's novel which lends a touch of authenticity to NA1 as an adaptation.
However, I'd be glad for another film adaptation of NA. When are they going to start filming JA's novels again ? Adaptation problems of NA1 &2 were partly caused by their shortness of time... Bring on NA3, preferably as a mini-series!
Bravo! to your choice of fridge magnet. :-)