Monday, May 27, 2013

Lorna Doone Review

Lorna Doone (2000) Poster

Sorry I haven't posted in a while! May is always a crazy month.... Anyway, about a month ago, I watched Lorna Doone on YouTube. It was a school night and I told myself I would just watch part one.... yeah, right. I finished the whole thing in one sitting. And it was one of those movies were I gasped, laughed, teared up, and yelled at the characters.... so, generally got too invested into the plot haha.


For those who have never seen Lorna Doone, I will give a quick summary. The Doone's were an old wealthy family. They have lost their wealth and have taken to pillaging and establish themselves in a little town in the country, stealing and terrorizing any that come near. There is a man, John Ridd, whose father was killed when his town was taken over by the Doones when he was just a boy. He was left to step up and take his father's place at an early age, and he has always hated the Doones.


Then there's Lorna, the beautiful girl who is destined to marry Carver Doone, who will be the head of the Doone clan. John and Lorna develop a little romance, but when John talks of it, Lorna says she can't ever be with him. Then the whole truth is revealed. Lorna of course isn't mean like them, and she doesn't want to marry Carver, she loves John, but it would be too dangerous. John has conflicting emotions when he first learns the news, but he loves Lorna and won't desert her. There are many secrets, plots, and prejudices throughout the story, but love remains. That's all I'll say, because I don't want to give away too much.

I loved the story, It was sweet, exciting, and the characters were interesting. The plot was original, the outfits and scenery stunning, and I couldn't stop watching, as I said above. That's about it. I highly recommend it. I have to go for some Memorial Day celebrations right now! Everyone have a nice memorial today and remember those who have served and maybe even given their lives to let us live free.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Period Drama Tag Questions for April

1. What period dramas have you watched in April?
I only did a review on Wives & Daughters, but I also saw an old Miss Marple that I think counts as period drama, but I am not positive.
2. Have you ever watched a period drama where the characters time traveled between eras (i.e. Somewhere In Time, Lost In Austen, From Time To Time)?
No, not that I can remember, actually.
3. What historical era is your favorite and why?
My favorite historical era is... Edwardian times. I simply adore  them! (With Regency coming in a close second..) I love them because of the dresses, the big hats, the shoes, the culture, the simplicity, Road to Avonlea... need I say more?
4. How many William Shakespeare film adaptations have you seen?
Only two..... sadly. I have seen the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet (against my will) and the older version with Olivia Huessey. (I think that's how you spell it... this one was the better version, in my opinion.)
5. If a new biographical film based on the life of your favorite classic author were made would you rejoice or be the first to sign a "do not make this film" petition?
I would REJOICE! There is no film that I know of on dear L.M. Montgomery! (ONE of my favorites.... I have a couple) ;)