Anne Season 1 Review and Thoughts!

Anne Review: Season 1:

Rating: ★★★★☆

No. Episodes: 7

Rotten Tomatoes:  86%

Censorship Rating: PG

Cast: Amybeth McNulty – Anne Shirley, Geraldine James – Marilla Cuthbert, R.H. Thomson – Matthew Cuthbert, Dalila Bela – Diana Barry, Corrine Koslo – Rachel Lynde , Aymeric Jett Montaz – Jerry Baynard, Lucas Jade Zumann – Gilbert Blythe

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Anne Shirley

  • Different Anne than we’ve seen before – Anne has PTSD
  • She’s come from a long history of abuse, you see this, not only in the flashbacks but in the way she reacts to the things people say and how she acts around others.
  • She still holds some of the same similarities to the Anne we all know and love (Imagination, language, nature) – she can come off as a bit of a ditz when she’s looking off into the clouds but then bam then she’s using all these 25 cent words, as Diana put it and you’re like, shit this kid’s actually smart. Unless you’re Marilla, because then you’re like, damn, someone shut this kid up.
  • Love the actress – she plays the character SOO well

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Gilbert Blythe

  • I will always love Gilbert Blythe no matter what adaptation he’s in (that being said I’ve only watched this and the movies).
  • He gets a slake smacked over his head and his first thought is to smirk and have an awesome middle school come back.

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  • Not the most faithful adaptation – there’s one scene in episode 2 (I’m pretty sure) where Matthew (who I love btw) chases Anne frantically, against time and reason – this was actually never in the book so it took me for a loop at first but I actually really enjoyed the episode. With this added plot we also got to see just how resilient and strong Anne is on her own.
  • This adaptation thrives off tragedy – Anne has her horrible back story and later on Gilbert becomes an orphan. They also created an entirely new backstory for Matthew Cuthbert. WHAT. He’s a painfully shy and light hearted farmer, who just wants to tend to the farm and listen to Anne chat for hours on end. And there’s nothing wrong with that so why the heck have they given him a show-invented dead brother???
  • Alsoooooooo, he tries to commit suicide??? Like, please in no world would Matthew Cuthbert, who travelled on horseback and in the back of wagons just to get Anne back, ever abandon his sister and Anne. It’s completely ridiculous!
  • Oh Oh Oh but I do have to say that I really enjoyed Jerry, he was a lot of fun and I really liked how much the Cuthberts came to enjoy his presence.
  • However, despite all of these things, I did rate this 4 stars for a reason, Why? Because I loved it, it’s not completely faithful but I loved Anne and I loved Gilbert ( SO MUCH HOW IS HE SO PRETTY SOMEBODY HELP ME) and so the show was a plus for me and I really hope we get a season 2.

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Have you watched Anne? Do you prefer the book or the show?

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