Note: this is a review for the 1987 movie, NOT the 2007 one with Felicity Jones. The reviews for both of these movies seemed to be lumped together.
I just finished reading Northanger Abbey and wanted to see a good film adaptation, and, seeing this one was free, I decided to try it. The first thing that threw me off was the music. Throughout the movie, the music is just plain ridiculous at some parts, and does not match the scenes being played out. (That being said, I'm a musician so this really bothers me in movies; it might not be that way for everyone.)
Some of the casting and characterisation didn't seem quite right to me either, especially Isabella and Catherine.
A lot of scenes from the book were also cut out of this movie. It makes it seem like the whole thing happened in about a week rather than a few months, which is how long it's supposed to be. It also made the relationship between Catherine and Mr. Tilney feel rushed. One of the scenes I was particularly disappointed about being left out, especially because it really shows how adorable Mr. Tilney and Catherine are, was the part where Mr. Tilney creates a scary story about what he "thinks" Catherine will discover in Northanger Abbey. I also think the ending happened way too quickly.
Overall, the movie covers the basic storyline, but I didn't enjoy it enough to consider recommending it to others or watching it again myself. There were some good moments, and some scenes are quoted directly from the book, but there were too many other things that bothered me. I'm going to rent the 2007 movie and hope it's better!
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