68 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Jane Austin's Story Spoiled,
This review is from: Mansfield Park (DVD)As an enormous fan of Jane Austen, Mansfield Park is one of my favorite books. The emphasis on integrity in the book and it's innocence is completely destroyed by vile additions in this movie. How can anyone be so egotistical to think they could improve on a Jane Austin story by adding "politically correct" modern elements never even hinted at in the origional story? Jane would roll over in her grave to see the shocking, in your face sexuality gratuitiously added to her beautiful love story. I enjoy Jane Austin so much mainly because I don't have to worry that my senses will be asaulted by the kind of immorality Hollywood loves to depict so graphically. Shame on the makers of this film.
Tracked by 1 customer
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: May 31, 2009 6:21:32 PM PDT
A. Reich says:
Wish I would have read afew more reviews of this movie. I was very dissappointed and felt like I wasted money. The depiction of almost Lesbian attraction in the movie is far from what a Jane Austin book is about. It saddened me to see it portrayed the way it was. Wish I could get my money back on this one. I love Jane Austin but this is not a version I liked or would reccomend. I totally agree with this review.
Posted on Jun 7, 2013 9:36:53 AM PDT
C. E. Mckenna says:
So from your review you seem to imply that there is no immorality to be found in Ms. Austen's works?
Sense and Sensibility: It is fairly explicitly stated that Eliza Brandon's mother had multiple sexual affairs (result of one her daughter Eliza who is later seduced and impregnated by Willoughby, then left by him to fend for herself.) It is clearly insinuated that once Willoughby's character is known both Elinor and Marianne cannot help wondering if his designs were the same for Marianne. Pride and Prejudice: Lydia and Wickham are off in London hidden for a week Ms. Austen clearly insinuates enough to let us know Lydia is not virginal after this time holed up together. The little known novel Lady Susan is replete with immoral values on the part of the titled heroine. And last but not least, Mansfield Park: While the slave trade issue isn't illustrated at all in the novel, Ms. Austen specifically places Sir Thomas' business in Antigua, which has strong insinuations/connection to the slave trade which was indeed going on at that time and it's justness was being questioned. It may well be that she would have elaborated but her sense of acceptable insinuation limited her to simply "business in Antigua". I don't think the liberties they took in regard to that issue totally without merit. Ms. Austen clearly writes about Maria and Henry Crawford's inappropriate indulgences carried on in the name of rehearsing for the play - this while Maria is engaged to another man. And it is clearly made known that Maria and Mr. Crawford go off together to have a sexual affair, thus leading to Mr. Rushworth divorcing Maria.
It's all there in the text, all those great morals! But seriously I love Austen for it. She was socially correct but she wasn't prudish. She was all too well aware of the things people did with their neighbors wives! I would just love to know how much of it was complete invention and how much of this was gleaned from real life experiences related to her and/or things that happened to friends or acquaintance.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›