Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
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I did notice some odd little plot changes and wonder why they were there. Was Jessie's storyline cut because of time restrictions? Was it impossible to include non-Nellie-related adventures? Did we really see, in the movie, how important Lydia (the doll) was to Samantha and how significant it was to give her away? And wasn't the jar stolen from Eddie Ryland originally full of bugs rather than coins?
Most of my issues with the movie are based on my having read the books rather than on the movie itself (although I do wonder why the girls can't pronounce "da"!), and the movie can stand on its own--it's that good. The whole family can enjoy a movie like this together; although the DVD extras do seem to be aimed at the younger portion of the family audience, they are interesting for even adults to watch once. I hope there are more American Girls movies to look forward to in the future.
It's about Samantha Parkington, a girl who is living in 1904, and is living with her grandmother since she's an orphan. She wants some sort of playmate (since she dispises her next door neighbor, Eddie Ryland). She meets Nellie O'Mally, a hired girl who works for the Rylands. They become instant friends, and they stick together, through the thick and thin of their lives, including the tragedy of Nellie's life.
Personally, I missed the story of the original Samantha book, Meet Samantha, where Nellie and Samntha go looking for Jessie, the seamstress who suddely quit and moved away from Samntha. Jessie's got a minor part now, and is a maid instead. Also, what has not been mentioned in the reviews yet is that Cornelia's two twin sisters, Agnes and Agatha, two girls who are Samntha's age, are changed! Agnes, to my knowledge, is Cornelia's older sister, who has a daughter named (you guessed it) Agatha. I missed the two feisty red-heads!
Although they lost some of the books heart and plot (the books are fifty pages each, people! Not too hard to adapt!) I was pleased how wonderfully done this movie was. It was eye-candy, too. The houses and scenery was delicious. I loved AnnaSophia Robb as Samantha, but Mia Farrow wasn't exactly the Grandmary I was hoping for. Someone a bit more aged and strict, but you can't ask for much. I hope they make movies on the other American girls as well!
This is a fun classic for those who want a warm, feel-good story to perk up those winter months, or to share with your kids or other kids at heart! I certainly hope they make more books in this series as this film was wonderul and entertaining! Five Stars.
Rebecca Mader as Cornelia far and away does the best job of re-creating the character we meet in the books (and her acting is the best in the show). But, poor Mia Farrow doesn't have a chance to embody her book counterpart; screen Grandmary was written as a far less stern (and far younger) presence than print Grandmary. I think the print Grandmary better portrays the way women were in 1904.
So, do yourself a favor: Don't let your children miss this movie, but please read the books!
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Cute, but slightly cheesy. My daughter is a huge American Girl fan, and she loved it. While it was definitely predictable, it was really heartwarming. Read morePublished 10 days ago by supahmom
My 10 year old daughter recently got me to watch some AG movies with her, and i'm glad she did! They are very well done, with meaningful, lesson packed story lines, and excellent... Read morePublished 13 days ago by CQ DX
Super cute movie. Tear jerker happy ending. Would recommend to younger girls who are into princesses and fairytale stuff.Published 1 month ago by Alison Hough
This was a heartwarming movie which we watched as a family. My daughter who is eight liked the fact that Samantha was "honest and that she cared about her friends". Read morePublished 2 months ago by R Sample
It is an adorable movie, but the quality via Amazon prime viewing is really sad.Published 2 months ago by R. Mickelson
As an adult far above the age this movie is geared toward, I loved it. A period drama with wonderful costumes and beautiful scenery and a wholesome feel anyone's Grandmother... Read morePublished 2 months ago by notable914