Kindred Spirits

anne-with-an-eFor a perfect Mother’s day indulgence, on Friday May 12th, 2017 Netflix premiered the latest version of Anne of Green Gables. Anne with an ‘E’ is a sizzling Canadian Broadcasting joint venture!  This Prince Edward Island tale has been spot polished with electric, dramatic acting!  The red-headed-freckled-faced orphan takes on new renegade escapades in which her behavior properly displays that of an abused child. For today’s transparent hungry audience, I believe this adaption adds strength to the charm of the original tale. The tone of this series accentuates the emotions of an unwanted Anne-with-an-e (1)orphan.  The story line includes Anne’s dramatic longing for puffed sleeves, and her innocence in over sampling the currant wine.   This century old heart warmer hits home for many, but some critics dislike any departure from the original script.  Anne with an E includes sinister flashbacks of the abuse that dictates Anne’s passion for the escape within the written word.  We live in the days of 2017 where abuse is talked about; and in that way, this generation of movie watchers can relate more fully. The original tale delicately danced around Anne’s abusive past. MV5BOWEzNWZkZWMtMDc2Ni00NTQxLWI5YzMtMDFjODFkNDAwNTkzXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjIyNjMzODc@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,675,1000_AL_ “O-o-o-h,” faltered Anne. Her sensitive little face suddenly flushed scarlet and embarrassment sat on her brow. “Oh, they meant to be—I know they meant to be just as good and kind as possible. And when people mean to be good to you, you don’t mind very much when they’re not quite—always. They had a good deal to worry them, you know. It’s very trying to have a drunken husband, you see; and it must be very trying to have twins three times in succession, don’t you think? But I feel sure they meant to be good to me.” The truth is that the jilted orphan Anne did suffer some torment during her tenure with the Hammond family. Anne with an E ramps up the trauma by having Mr. Hammond die of a heart attack brought about by beating the tar out of poor Anne.  The new star of Anne with an “E” is brilliantly played by Amybeth McNulty— she is sunny, eccentric, and moody as any child would be. She maintains a fierce imagination and intricate fantasy life, as well as a fondness for high-flown language. It is a FREE indulgence to watch this with your mom for mother’s day.

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