Feb. 8, 2011
33. Mansfield Park (2007)
Starring Billie Piper, Jemma Redgrave, Maggie O’Neill, Blake Ritson
Directed by Iain B. MacDonald
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Plot: Sent at a young age to live with her aunt and uncle, Fanny has always been somewhat of an outcast. Now, at age 18, she is finally coming into her own. Yet when out-of-town visitors show up, the one relationship she holds dearest is almost taken away from her. [bad summary, I know, but I couldn’t find one so I had to write my own—which I’m not good at!]
This is the first adaption I’ve seen of this novel, and I can’t say that I was much impressed. Billie Piper never really seems comfortable in the leading role, and the script wasn’t particularly good. I do find it odd that she is in love with her first cousin, but maybe that’s more accepted in Britain than it is in the U.S.? The ending also felt a little insincere. This was a nice effort, but for whatever reason, it just never came together.