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2.0 out of 5 stars poor stuff - a great disappointment, 22 Mar 2007
This review is from: Mansfield Park [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The main fault here I think is the screenplay. This version of 'Mansfield Park' omits a great deal and presents what it does present in a disjointed fashion. In comparison to the excellent (though somewhat liberty-taking) Harold Pinter TV version also on DVD, it is very poor. The acting is competent but everything seems very low-key and undramatic, despite the fact that Billie Piper as Fanny Price runs about a great deal in an eager girlish sort of way. I admire her as an actress, but here she is miscast. Fanny is supposed to be quite nondescript, someone you would not notice in a room, and Piper's appearance and manner both are immediately eyecatching. Replacing the ball scene with a picnic adds nothing and loses a lot. Lady Bertram isn't limp enough, the two Bertram girls come across as mere shadows, the Crawfords are nastier than they should be and Mrs. Norris is scarily mad ; Edmund and Sir Thomas, on the other hand, are both quite good. Crucially, Fanny's visit to her family in Portsmouth is not even there. There is absolutely no subtlety about this adaptation. I watched it hoping to like it but found it dull and occasionally irritating. Incidentally, the Pinter version which was made by Miramax and BBC, includes so much more of the text so effectively that I checked to see how much longer it was, and found to my surprise that it is almost exactly the same length as this adaptation - it's just far, far better done.
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Initial post: 30 Nov 2009 20:55:44 GMT
Eileen Shaw says:
I agree wholeheartedly, whoever decided Billie Piper would make a good lead in this needs their head examined.
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