If you’re a long-time fan of the Anne of Green Gables series that featured Megan Follows in the 90’s, then you may want to avoid the newest Netflix adaptation of the classic. The streaming network has taken Anne down a slightly darker path than the original, and it’s being hailed as a “gritty, dark reboot” by Vanity Fair.
The original story was based on a 1908 book written by L.M. Montgomery. She quickly developed a huge following. Readers came to adore the slightly eccentric antics of her main character, an orphan named Anne Shirley.
The Netflix adaptation follows the original storyline, but the similarities end there. The warm and fuzzy family friendly version of the film has taken a twisted turn. This is primarily thanks to writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett. Beckett is no stranger to dark themes and is best known for her work on shows like Breaking Bad.
In this version of the classic, Anne (played by Amybeth McNulty) is given a slightly disturbed persona that originates from years of abuse. She’s accidentally sent to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthburt, an elderly spinster and her brother who need help on their farm.
The couple were expecting a boy, and they initially attempt to send the teenager back. The story gains momentum as they slowly start to accept Anne and all of her peculiarities. In a deviant plot twist, they allow Anne to be sent back to the orphanage—leading Matthew on a dangerous chase through the city to try and retrieve her.
This isn’t the only place that the story splits from the original, but for more plot twists you’ll have to watch for yourself. This is one of those remakes that will either do really well or fall flat of expectations. Just don’t expect the lovable characters from the past to hold the same appeal, and keep a box of tissues handy for this morose take on a classic storyline.
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