Mansfield Park 2007 BBC TV Series~Review
Original Air Date (US) 27 January 2008
Directed by Iain B. MacDonald
Watched January 2010
Billie Piper as Fanny Price
Jemma Redgrave as Lady Bertram
Douglas Hodge as Sir Thomas Bertram
Maggie O’Neill as Mrs. Norris
Blake Ritson as Edmund Bertram
James D’Arcy as Tom Bertram
Michelle Ryan as Maria Bertram
Rory Kinnear as Rushworth
Catherine Steadman as Julia Bertram
Hayley Atwell as Mary Crawford
Joseph Beattie as Henry Crawford
Joseph Morgan as William Price
Stephen Tomlin as Baddeley
I was supposed to have this completed in December for the Everything Austen Challenge at Stephanie’s Written Word in December. Better late than never right? I’m giving myself a break because of the rough December and November. You might think bedrest would have been great for my reading, blogging, and movie posting, but it didn’t happen that way. I watched mindless TV and read some books, but it was really uncomfortable. Using the computer for more than 30 minutes was pretty much im,possible. So, enough whining from me, on to the review.
I have to be honest, I thought I had read all of Austen’s novels, but I have no recollection of Mansfield Park. I vaguely recalled character names and basic plots, but nothing much. I either read it so long ago that it doesn’t count or I gathered my vague knowledge of characters from reading the reviews of others. Again, I can’t honestly say.
I was utterly bored with this movie. Because I don’t remember reading the book, I can’t tell you if this was just a boring story. I also have not seen any of the other film adaptations. I had to make myself stay seated and watch the movie, fighting the urge to get up and clean the house.
The acting wasn’t bad. Billie Piper has been a favorite of mine just from watching Doctor Who. (~sniffle~ No more David Tennant ~sniffle~) Michelle Ryan had a stint on the short-lived Bionic Woman as well as the BBC mini-series Jekyll, which I loved, AND her own guest spot on Doctor Who. Jemma Redgrave is niece to Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave. I could go on and on. My husband, who is British, and I always joke that there are only 10 actors in the whole of Britain.
I suppose I should actually read (or reread) the original novel, and I will do, when I get a new copy. My Complete Works of Austen was lent to a coworker when I left the company, it was never to be seen from again. Oh well, Austen is being enjoyed somewhere.
My Challenge list
I have the new PBS version of Emma and Becoming Jane on my DVR so technically I can do some swapping around and count my extra credit as items and call this challenge complete once I watch and review those. Woo hoo!