North and South: 10 Ways the Film Is Not Like the Book | From Pemberley to Milton
John Thornton was Richard Armitage's biggest role to date, and it was to have a . Thornton's relationship with Margaret is at the heart of the novel and the drama . . To act that was not difficult because I felt the sense of loss of her leaving. I'm reviewing my second viewing of North and South, you must understand, and I must say I'm glad it's my . The scene that well may be the most famous period drama ending ever. .. I like that they're not typical of romanctic relationships in a movie. . And I do like Thornton (and love Richard Armitage). Everyone loves the BBC North and South, but it fails Gaskell's The third offer of marriage comes from Mr. Bell on the heels of Mr. Hale's.
Maybe top ten, but maybe not. And so I'm afraid I may offend some of you with this review, because I know some of you love this movie much more than I do.
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So please, take my silly ramblings with a grain of salt. But hey, it's a free country, and you may laugh as much as you chuse, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion. I'm reviewing my second viewing of North and South, you must understand, and I must say I'm glad it's my second time around.
Because if I'd written this after my first viewing, I wouldn't have looked on Margaret so favorably as I do now. But now I've read the book twice and seen the movie twice, and Margaret has jumped far higher in my estimation since my first encounter with her. Daniela Denby-Ashe might not look like the Margaret described in the book, but I think she fits the part perfectly. Unfortunately there are some parts in the movie most notably Mr.
Thornton's first proposal and that early scene where she wouldn't shake his hand where she seems like a real snob, but I think that can really only be blamed on the page-to-screen transition. Margaret's emotions are vividly expressed in the book, while the movie can only show so much of what she's thinking and feeling. And the book does say that Margaret has a haughty appearance, so we can forgive Daniela Denby-Ashe for looking a bit snobby at certain times.
I love how she's not as drop-dead gorgeous as some other period drama heroines I could name. She's certainly beautiful, but not in a particularly stunning way. Margaret strikes me as being a very normal heroine, and I like that. She doesn't do anything particularly stupendous in the course of the story other than pulling an Eponine during the riot scene On the surface, she might actually seem a bit boring. Yet, polite and genteel as she may be, she also knows her own mind and isn't afraid to speak up about something that bothers her.
She's the kind of heroine who matures and changes as the story unfolds, and that's my favorite kind of protagonist. Richard Armitage is Mr.
No one else could ever play the part to perfection the way he does.
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North country accent, check. Tall, dark and handsome, check. Manages to make the character tremendously likable despite his many flaws, check. Yes, I just said "many flaws. Thornton has a huge fan following, but let's be honest: The man has a decent amount of pride and a pretty hot temper: And yes, I realize that Stephens could have burnt the whole factory down and Mr.
Thornton had a right to be furious, but throwing him to the ground and kicking him? That's going a bit too far. Sure, we get to know him better as the story moves along, and I firmly believe that he actually changes a bit after he meets Margaret, but he's no Mr. I have a caps lock too, you know. Humor aside, I really do like Mr. No, I mean that. He's a great guy and his character and integrity are hard to match. I feel awful for him during the failed proposal scene. I admire him for refusing to speculate and risk hurting hundreds of employees.
He's a wonderful character Maybe it's the fact that he's a little heavy on the melodrama. I do my share of melting at the "Nobody cares for me except you, Mother" line, but when you think about it, he does come across as a bit And all the staring into the middle distance and here-comes-the-smoldering is well and good, but it gets old. And this picture cracks me up.
Nicholas and Bessy Higgins are two of my favorite characters in the movie-- they're much more likable than they are in the book. In the book, Nicholas comes across as a bit of a loutish oaf--at least at first--who has no interests beyond going to the pub and stirring up trouble between the workers and the mill owners.
In the movie, he's a caring and compassionate father who truly wants to do what's best for his own family and for his coworkers, with as little trouble as possible. I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say he replaces Mr. Thornton for all my fun-poking, I really do think he's a great herobut Nicholas certainly has an awful lot of heroic qualities.
He's a bit rough around the edges, but his heart is, as they say, in the right place. I've heard that expression a hundred times, but never yet heard it said of a mean person that his heart was in the wrong place He takes in Boucher's children after Boucher's death um, you didn't think there wouldn't be spoilers, right?
Even after it's a certain thing that Mr.North & South Special Features: Richard Armitage Interview Pt 2
Thornton's going to lose his mill, Nicholas stays after hours and does extra work because it needs to be done. Bessy Higgins is much more pleasant in the movie as well. Maybe it's just because I grew up on Elsie Dinsmore and have had it up to here with brain-fevered, patiently-suffering heroines, but Bessy's character in the book drove me nuts.
Yes, yes, it's wonderful that you're dying of TB and thinking of nothing but heaven, but if you could stop gushing about it every other minute in a dialect nobody can understand without a glossary at the back, we'd appreciate it, thankyouverymuch and have a nice day.
Bessy in the movie has a bit more backbone and a sense of humor. She's still sickly, but that's not her fault and to be fair, it's not the book-Bessy's fault either. Bessy's death is probably the most heartbreaking part of the whole movie.
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Is it really necessary to have someone die in every episode? Pictures episode 4 "Well sir? What do you want with me? I was told to ask you by a woman, who thought you had a kindness about you. Tell her to mind her own business next time, and stop wasting your time and mine. But if he dreaded exposure of his tenderness, he was equally desirous that all men should recognise his justice; and he felt that he had been unjust, in giving so scornful a hearing to any one who had waited, with humble patience, for five hours, to speak to him.
That the man had spoken saucily to him when he had the opportunity, was nothing to Mr. He rather liked him for it; and he was conscious of his own irritability of temper at the time, which probably made them both quits. It was the five hours of waiting that struck Mr. He had not five hours to spare himself; but one hour - two hours, of his hard penetrating intellectual, as well as bodily labour, did he give up to going about collecting evidence as to the truth of Higgins's story, the nature of his character, the tenor of his life.
He tried not to be, but was convinced that all that Higgins had said was true. Now mind you come sharp to your time. What times we have we keep sharp. And the first time I catch you using that brain of yours to make trouble: Now you know where you are. Was Miss Hale the woman that told you to come to me?
You might have said. He thought that no one knew of this occupation of the hours he should have spent in sleep. And also I think, although the business is wearing him down, he is quite interested in people.