ANNE WITH AN “E”
No one who has seen Anne with an E— the new Netflix adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic coming of age story Anne of Green Gables—lacks an opinion on it. For the legions of fans that grew up with the 1985 made-for-tv series starring Megan Follows, it’s likely that no version will ever compare favourably. However, when viewed with an open mind, approaching it as an entirely different film that its predecessor, ‘Anne with an E’ does not disappoint.
The exquisite opening sequence is an animated series of eight oil on linen or wood paintings by artist Brad Kunkle with Tragically Hip’s Ahead by a Century providing a rather apt theme song. Anne with an E is gorgeously shot and well-acted, whose dark realism manages to address PTSD, bullying, women’s liberation, sex, and violence while exploring poverty and class in 19th century Canada. Accordingly, some scenes may not be appropriate for younger children, so view with caution.
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Text by Jennifer Irizarry