From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:
Link: Anne of Green Gables adaptation is sublimely reinvigorated
Anne is adapted this time by Moira Walley-Beckett, who wrote some of the most striking episodes of Breaking Bad. The leap from that to Anne of Green Gables might seem an extraordinarily risky one, but it makes sense. Anne is a rebel, after all. A classic one. This version, on the evidence of Sunday’s two-hour opener, is not reverential, nor is it overcontemporized, but it affords Anne Shirley an agency that is formidable. There is such fierce, uninhibitedly direct longing and defiance in this Anne. Continue reading.
From Bill Harris of Postmedia Network:
Link: Anne, the latest take on the Green Gables saga, goes a little darker than usual
It’s a simple question, but I thought about it quite a lot while watching the first episode of the new series Anne.
This, of course, is yet another take on the well-known Anne of Green Gables story. In Anne, the young Anne Shirley, played this time by Amybeth McNulty, pauses to consider everything she has experienced, everything she has seen, and she is mulling a future which, at that moment, does not appear too bright. Continue reading.
From Victoria Ahearn of the Canadian Press:
CBC’s Anne shows darker past of “accidental feminist” from Green Gables
The chatty Canadian dreamer that is Anne of Green Gables is internationally beloved for her cheery qualities: a big imagination, bold spirit and face full of freckles.
But the new series “Anne,” debuting Sunday on CBC and later this spring on Netflix elsewhere in the world, unearths a dark chapter of her life that shaped her resilience. Continue reading.
From Sarah Boesveld of Chatelaine:
Meet the plucky young star of the Anne of Green Gables remake
“She’s such a survivor. She’s so amazing because she’s gone through so much in her life — the bullying, the prejudice, the sexism, everything — and she still has such an incredible spirit. I love that about her so much.” Continue reading.
From Johanna Schneller of The Globe and Mail:
Breaking Bad writer brings ‘dark sensibility’ to Anne of Green Gables
So while the new limited series Anne is nowhere near as black as Breaking Bad, it’s certainly the darkest, truest rendering to date of what being a redheaded orphan in 1890s Prince Edward Island would have been like. Continue reading.