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This review is from: Mansfield Park [DVD]  (DVD)
Personally, I didn't feel that the acting was quite as bad as some people seem to. For me, the fault was all in the directing. The cameras wobbled like mad, making the whole thing look like it was shot by a drunk man, and you could see all the actors struggling around the poor, modernised screenplay and terrible directing.
It sped through the first hour, though the second was slightly better. I imagine that it would be incredibly confusing had one not read the book - for example, a child randomly starts running around the house with Fanny with absolutely no explanation. I assumed her to be Fanny's sister, Susan, but this is never explained or even referenced.
Obviously feeling that modern viewers couldn't sympathise with a "priggish" Fanny and Edmund, they modernised the pair, a massive mistake. Fanny's resistance to performing in the play was almost completely removed, making it seem incredibly odd when Sir Thomas returns and everyone says she is blameless. The whole thing, infact, felt oddly modern, which really didn't sit well with me when I was expecting period drama.
The actors, therefore, worked well in their roles, but only as the characters those in the book had been turned into for this. Barely any of them could have passed as their originals. Is it just me who cannot see a grown-up Fanny playing badminton, or running around after a child while Henry Crawford stands awkwardly around?
It was good in its own right, but it wasn't Austen.