I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it was dreadful

I’m talking about the new adaptation of Mansfield Park, which was aired last night on PBS. Anyone else see it? It is now being pleasantly skewered over at Austen Blog. And what’s with “Masterpiece” without the “Theatre”???


5 comments on “I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it was dreadful

  1. Imani says:

    Young people don't like the theatre! Young people run away from the theatre. However, Young People have not yet to fall so far that masterpieces don't rate an interested look or two.
    Did not see it — 90 mins? Why bother — but after reading those comments I find myself in the mood for a bit of purple to wear for a trip down to the shelter in search of a fine looking pug.
    So far my favourite comment is “The ending was lovely. A nice waltz ala Little House on the Prairie.” Ha! Poor PBS.

  2. Mella DP says:

    By far the weakest of the three, yes. I rarely resent a film adaptation deviating from the original (what makes a good book may not make a good movie, and even in art one must be practical), and wouldn't have minded the plot pruning if the characters had been left with any personality. Fanny was *slightly* timid, Lady Bertram *occasionally* vapid, Mrs. Norris *somewhat* meddlesome, Tom *a bit* on the wild side. The Crawfords were on target, but the rest were all too bland to hold the story together.

  3. Sylvia says:

    Poor PBS indeed. Like the CBC it's a shadow of its former self. Between the boomers and gen-x'ers everything is approaching the same shade of beige. Are any of these people alive?
    Well put, Mella. One comment at the Republic of Pemberley was, “Mansfield Park Lite: Less filling, no taste.”

  4. verbivore says:

    Did not see it – but its too bad it doesn't seem to have lived up to any expectations. Film adaptations can be so fun…if they are done well.

  5. Sylvia says:

    I agree. As an antidote I watched the Ciaran Hinds version of Persuasion. It is just so phenomenal. Brilliant writing (i.e. Austen's), brilliant editing, and brilliant acting (to say nothing of the production). A few words and a look convey more information more entertainigly than any amount of awkward voiceover exposition. It's not just good Austen, it's good filmmaking.

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