My almost-4-year-old and I have been watching “Anne of Green Gables” and “Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel” over the past four days – during her little sister’s nap. We sit side-by-side on the brown leather couch, arms linked, smiling.
“This is the best movie ever!” I say, in energetic bursts (and I mean it). She echoes those words. And we hug!
This is like a dream. I have a little girl (two little girls, actually…but one is still too young for movies). And we both love Anne – or “Annie Girl,” as my daughter affectionately calls her.
As a result of the last few days, I now have a sudden urge to read the entire series again from start-to-finish. Perhaps I’ll even read it aloud to her (the text may be a bit beyond her attention level, I can’t remember…).
If you haven’t read the books or seen the movies, Oh! YOU MUST. You’re missing out on some exceptional literature with the most lovable characters, painted in all of the glory of their imperfections. I especially love that Anne is smart, witty, opinionated, strong, and kind (all qualities I admire immensely…and would love to have my daughters emulate). Similarly, Gilbert is intelligent, generous, honest, and bold (all qualities I hope my girls someday seek in their future husbands).
As we watched, I wondered to myself if perhaps a modern studio/director should attempt a remake. I am undecided. Sullivan Entertainment did an outstanding job, especially with the casting. In many ways, Megan Follows will forever be Anne in my mind. I also appreciated the performances of Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert and Richard Farnsworth as Matthew.
That said, I think that maybe…just maybe…a modern movie company could get it right. The visual quality certainly could be much improved (since the film was made in the 80s) and I’ve often thought that Diana wasn’t exactly right.
If a company does move ahead with a remake, they must hereby pledge to follow the books as closely as possible and to not go off on unneeded tangents – thus spoiling the wonder and majesty of the story completely (ahem – Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story).
Have you read the AOGG books or seen the movies? Which characters do you think were cast perfectly (or not)? Do you think a modern movie studio should attempt a remake?