Basic Summary – This reimagining of the classic book and film is a coming-of-age story about a young orphan who is seeking love, acceptance and her place in the world. Amybeth McNulty stars as Anne, a 13-year-old who has endured an abusive childhood in orphanages and the homes of strangers. In the late 1890s, Anne is mistakenly sent to live with aging siblings, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, who live on Prince Edward Island. Anne, who proves to be uniquely spirited, imaginative and smart, transforms the lives of Marilla, Matthew and everyone else in their small town.
I won’t spoil anything about the show since it is still very recent on Netflix in America, but I’ll give a taste of the show.
Anne with an E (or Anne as it is sometimes called), the newest adaptation of the Anne of Green Gables story, follows the basic story as all other adaptations. The story is split up episodically and have taken the children’s story a darker turn. The series keeps entertainment through keeping the darker tone and more focus on the dramatic elements of the story. In the pilot episode “Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny” and the following episode “I am No Bird, And No Net Ensnares Me” are the episodes describing Anne’s first few days at Green Gables and when she is sent back to the orphanage by mistake causing Matthew and Marilla to go after her.
In the episodes, we get flashbacks of Anne’s time with another family before she gets sent to Green Gables. They make the events more “traumatizing” as to create more sympathy for her character. In a sense, giving an accurate portrayal of orphans during the century and how they were treated. In addition, the put in arguments of challenging gender norms when Anne wishes to help with the farm work in order “to be the boy” Marilla and Matthew wanted; however, the argument is shot down after Marilla said it isn’t appropriate for her to be doing hard labor.
The character portray themselves are fairly good. Anne is her usually talkative self, but is also stubborn as well. While Marilla is actually portray tough, but loving. She hates to put Anne in pain, but will only do so if she feels it is appropriate. In the opening episode, Marilla leaves a crying Anne, however, she leaves the door cracked a bit as if she was considering comforting her. Matthew is his quiet self, he appears a little fearful of Anne though I’m sure as the season continues he warms up to her.
Comparing this new 2017 version to past versions – 2016 and 1985 – it is obvious to say that this production passes the 2016 American version; however, I think it is a close tie with the original Anne of Green Gables. It is hard to tell from only a few episodes in, but it might over the course of the season better than the original. It has a slow uphill slope ahead, but I see it proving quite a proper remake and adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. I do hope this production has a season 2, but judging by the amount of support this series has, I’m sure it will have a second season.