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on June 19, 2005
I was greatly disappointed with this movie. They might as well have called it 'Anne The Action Hero'. Instead of staying true to Lucy Maud Montgomery's story, Anne and Gilbert go off to the war, the war their children were actually fighting. Instead of seeing Anne and Gilbert settle into family life with their children, the writers instead made up this crazy movie with so many plots and basically a lot of chaos. It was so sad to watch this movie knowing that they had officially ruined the Anne of Green Gables trilogy. Sadly too, the movie was made so many years after the second one that Anne looks very aged. It would have been much more appropriate to follow her family life and watch her children growing and all the great adventures they had.
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on September 4, 2015
As always a fine performance by all the actors involved. I really loved watching Anne and Gil's relationship grow and mature, even though the story doesn't follow the books. But my main complaint is for a girl who never wants to leave Green Gables, Anne leaves quite often. In all three movies, she always mentions how much she loves Green Gables, how she would never be happy living anywhere else, how she wished both Gil and her could grow old here. After all that and finnally getting Green Gables back thanks to Gil buying it for her. She tells Diana that she can continuing living there while she and Gil go off and buy another house someplace else. That's just plain stupid, since Diana is rich enough to buy a house of her own and not sponge off of Anne. However that's my only real problem with the final chapter in the Anne of Green Gables saga.
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on October 22, 2004
This is not even worthy of being called "The Continuing Story" as it is so completely different from L.M.Montgomery's original novels. It was such a disappointment, and horrifying to see them stray so much from what were some of the best books and movies I've ever read and seen. I cannot believe the original actors signed on to this project - if they had truly stuck to the story, it would have been wonderful.
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on July 8, 2004
...and I have never read the books - this mess is inexcusable and should never have been made. The 'plot' is incredibly unbelievable, the worst sort of cliche melodrama, and the virtues that were so evidenced and detailed in the earlier films are swamped under. This is one movie you can afford to miss - I can think of nothing good to say about it.
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on June 21, 2004
What a disappointment. As a British American I was very much offended by this movie. My wife and I got this from the library to watch with our kids and it was not what we expected at all. We all loved the first two movies and my wife and daughters loved all the books. We really were hoping to have a true continuation that followed the books and this was not it.
Once the war scenes started we had to send our five kids upstairs. This movie is not for kids and definitely not an Anne movie. Anne would never have acted the way this movie portrayed her. They should have stayed with the books and then the movie would have been spot on. The only scene that really reflected Anne how she would have been is when she first greeted Gilbert and fell flat on her face in the mud.
This movie was very anti-American and not particularly flattering to the British. Though I did enjoy the scene during the enlistment of soldiers when they were being lead by a bagpiper. That would seem accurate.
In summary if you have no idea who Anne of Green Gables is and do not care then this movie would be good. But if you are looking for the Anne Shirley of the books written by Lucy Maud Montgomery you will not find her here.
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on August 18, 2003
Anne Of Green Gables were several movies directed by Kevin Sullivan. These movies were originally made for television (the Disney Channel) back in the late 80's and early 90's. The movies were drawn from the Lucy Maud Montgomery books and starred Megan Follows as the title heroine Anne Shirley. Kevin Sullivan was also responsible for directing the Avonlea series, a tv series set in Avonlea Prince Edward Island following the lives of its many young and old dwellers.
The Anne of Green Gables movies were sentimental, romantic and family-oriented, well written and enjoyable. The last film concerning Anne was released in 2000 (but could have been made earlier) and again starred Megan Followas as a now much older Anne Shirely. Anne has been engaged to Gilbert in New York but World War 1 breaks out and Gilbert is drafted. Anne takes a position as nurse. The terrible and grim reality of war sets in and makes this film a more PG-13 type of film, with some mature content involving war themes and death. The point was that Anne could stand up to life's harsh cruelty just as well as she could escape it through her writing. She successfully nurtures orphaned children and survives the bloody war to be blissfully united with her true love Gilbert Blythe.
The film is still enjoyable as drama, poignant in its tragic tone, very worth watching. But don't expect to see any of the old sentimental romanticism of Prince Edward Island from the original films. Far from the dreamy island, the film is mostly taking place in the war zone of Europe at the outbreak of World War 1. To fans of the novels, this is a major disappointment. Although Anne is still her old spirited and strong willed self, readers of the novels complain that it lacks the old magic and has unnecessary scenes of violence. Also it is inaccurate to the original novels of Montgomery. Anne's childhood and growing up into a woman days were in the late 19th century 1880's and 1890's. But Kevin Sullivan had Anne growing up in the early 1900's so that when World War 1 erupted in 1914 Anne was in her twenties as is convincing in this film. It is not suited for younger children, perhaps more for children who grew up watching Anne of Green Gables are now older. It is more for pre-teens. I still liked this film and found it to be necessary. Even Anne said once, (in Anne of Avonlea) "Everyone's life has their book of Revelations". Life can be both beautiful like a dream and as vicious as a nightmare. War is never a good thing but hopefully with war films, one can learn a lesson.. a lesson of a call for peace and unity. So I think this film should be seen by old fans of the show who are now mature enough to watch a film like this one.
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on June 30, 2004
"Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story" is a huge disappointment. This continuing story, sequel or whatever you want to call it should never have been made. Megan Follows' performance as Anne Shirley is horrible. This is not the Anne I remember from "Anne of the Green Gables" I am sorry to say. Her face and voice have changed radically. Megan Follows really did not age well. Her voice sounds like she's a "two-pack-a-day" smoker. It really is sad. As for the actual story I can only say that it borders on the ridiculous and ludicrous and reeks with mediocrity. The World War I sequences are foolish and laughable. The several coincidences that occur throughout this story are beyond all credibility. Sequels like this often destroy the original. I hope this does not affect "Anne of the Green Gables." "Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story" will be an eternal disappointment for many of us who loved Megan Follows in the original.
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on April 29, 2003
If I hadn't read the entire Anne of Green Gables series half a dozen times, I probably would have liked this movie, for the scenery, costumes, story line and acting were brilliant. But being a devoted fan of the books, I don't particularly care for any of the movies, especially the last two, because of the way that the characters, events, and settings were distorted at the whim of the producers. Anne of Green Gables was OK, because it followed the basic story line, but I was dissapointed with Anne of Avonlea, which left out wonderful characters in the books, and threw in people who didn't even exist, as well as combing elements from books 2,3, and 4 in the series. The last film was especially dissapointing. To begin with, the settings were all wrong. Anne and Gilbert NEVER lived in, or even visited, New York, or anywhere else in America, for that matter. In the books, the time of Gilbert and Anne's courtship was set in the 1880s -- a peaceful, prosperous time. The turmoil of WWI came much later, when Anne's youngest daughter, Rilla, was a teenager, and Anne's three sons go away to fight in the war. The wedding scene was a dissapointment -- I think they should have been already married at the time the film began , or at least at the beginning of the movie, when times were happier. We had been waiting to see it for so long that it should have been a very joyous moment, but instead it was rushed and clouded with sorrow. Also, the story should have shown Anne and Gilbert's own children (or at least one or two of them) instead of an adopted war orphan who didn't even exist in the books. I was horribly dissapointed in this film, and I'm glad L.M. Montgomery didn't live to see how her Anne of Green Gables series was so horribly rearranged.
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on February 17, 2003
This is the third installment in a series of dramatizations of Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved Anne of Green Gables novels. Megan Follows and Jonathon Crombie return in their usual roles. Unfortunately, this third production does not meet the high standards set by the first, faithful installment. In a total of seven Anne novels, Montgomery provided fully enough amusing, sentimental, and unabashedly romantic material for three movies. It was a pity that the second production (Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel) departed somewhat from the novels; it's a crime that this third production leaves Montgomery behind entirely, transporting her characters forward in time, pitchforking them into a trite war plot, and resolving the incoherent plot elements with a tepid, candy-coated ending.
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on January 24, 2004
I am a great fan of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea as I grew up with these films. Both movies are romantic and show the beauty of a simpler life. In the Continuing Story, Anne is not the young, attractive lady she once was and Gilbert has lost much of his handsomeness. Anne has a romantic intanglement with a Jack Garrison and it seems as though she is shown more with Fred Wright than with her beloved Gilbert. This moving is not heartwarming and sweet like its predecessors, but haphazard in plot. I do not recommend this movie to anyone wishing to see a clean movie, as it is sprinkled with sexual innuendoes.
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