Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mansfield Park 2007

     Based on a novel by Jane Austen.  Fanny Price is ten years old and she lives with her penniless mother.  Her mother believes Fanny will be better off with her aunt and uncle Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram.  She will be with her cousins Maria, Julia, Tom and Edmund.  Fanny has a difficult time in the beginning without her mother but she comes to love the Bertram family.  She sometimes feels like the poor relation but at the age of eighteen her uncle leaves on an extended business trip.  Fanny begins to enjoy herself and finally feel at home at Mansfield Park.  The Bertram’s receive a visit from their new neighbors Henry Crawford and his sister Mary.  The Bertram’s don’t know that Henry and Mary are schemers!!
     This is not my favorite of the movies made from Jane Austen books.  Everyone is very stuffy and the whims of society are a heavy weight.  Nothing must be done that would bring any shame onto the family.  The young women must have successful marriages with status and wealth.  At least Fanny is different, she really cares for most of the people in her circle.  3* (This movie is OK)

120 min, TV Movie, Drama directed by Iain B. MacDonald with Julia Joyce, Douglas Hodge, Maggie O’Neil, Tara Berwin, Lucy Hurst, Zachary Elliott-Hatton, Greg Sheffield, Billie Piper, Blake Ritson, James D’Arcy, Michelle Ryan, Rory Kinnear, Catherine Steadman, Hayley Atwell.

Note:  Imdb 6.3 out of 10, 53% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 3.2* out of 5* with 188 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed at Newby Hall, Skelton on Ure, North Yorkshire, England.

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