We rented a bunch of movies to watch over the holidays and one of them is the movie adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. I’m trying to see all the movie versions of all the Jane Austen novels I’ve been reading lately.
Jade and I enjoyed watching this movie as we have with the other Jane Austen movies. She hadn’t read the book yet so she couldn’t really compare. I, on the other hand, almost preferred this movie version to the book. I liked the book because of the details and insights added by the narrative and we all know of Ms. Austen’s tendency for verbosity.
I think the movie did a great job choosing the settings just as Ms. Austen describes them in the book. Mansfield Park is definitely grandiose and Portsmouth is downright depressing after the expanse of the park. The movie version exercised its artistic license and played up the abolitionist tone more so than the book. I think Ms. Austen was a bit cautious in advocating abolitionism in the book whereas the movie highlights it.
The fact that Fanny and Edward being first cousins is still disturbing in my mind, but I think the chemistry between them is easier to see in the movie than in the movie than in the book. Henry Crawford, you almost fall for just like Fanny came close to, but you just knew his sister Mary is up to no good. A credit to the actors who portrayed those roles.
Coincidentally, the on the same night after watching this movie, I turned to the PBS station on TV and found they were showing the Masterpiece Theatre version of Mansfield Park! So I snuggled down to watch it too, but alas, I was too sleepy to finish it. So I guess I’ll have to get the DVD too so I can get a proper comparison.