Brace yourself for this one because I don't think you're ready for it.
I think Anne's praying scene was probably about as much as they could push it, and might have been tiptoeing at the line, as there's a bit of silliness. Many films at the time wouldn't include religion at all for fear of being accused of mocking it.
Have y'all ever heard the expression "confirmed bachelor"?
I wonder a great deal if, in fact, the makers of the movie were worried that Matthew would come across as gay and went in all hamfisted to try to avoid that.
Gilbert is sticking his lunch in the stream, which is actually a thing from the book, as Anne and Diana walk over this adorable little bridge. This is a good set piece
Gilbert makes this face.
Marilla's brooch has gone missing! Anne has her, "I never do the same wrong thing twice line", which... besides hitting Gilbert, she hasn't actually DONE anything wrong. Kinda loses the impact there.
This is just the gayest thing ever and I love it.
No! She just wanted freaking ice cream! This is like saying Cinderella wanted the prince when all she wanted was a dress and a night off.
I actually can't here.
Yada yada, this spurs her to confess, she makes it up, no hayride, etc. Only real difference here is *Matthew* finds the brooch on Marilla's shawl. They keep putting him in scences he wasn't even there for in the book.
Marilla's much harsher, too.
And look at her face.
I am underwhelmed.
And seriously this dress is kind of terrible. And where'd Matthew get it anyways??? In like a day and a half? Hello, plot hole.
And my head explodes in rage.
I am actually enraged.
"I have a beau," Anne says. She claims her beau is too grown-up for hayrides and that's why he wasn't there.
...would anyone happen to have something stronger to slip in my tea?
Anne pretends to drop this:
Anne continues this ruse through lunch and until our immediate cut to the next week.
Guess who's visiting their classroom today?
He talks about his essay and it's boring. It was about the Lady of Challot and unrequited love and blah blah blah he's boring.
The others kind of push her to go talk to him and obviously he has no clue who she is.
Anne runs away and finds Matthew tying upa boat. I guess he was fishing or something, and the movie needs him in every scene instead of allowing any other character to be developed.
We greenscreen towards a... thing? Tree trunk? I'm not sure what this is.
Though for some reason, I don't think this is Shirley.
She hangs there for a minute and - seriously, you're two feet from the ground. Look, I'm trying not to overdo the screencaps, but the movie is making that difficult.
Anne DELIBERATELY THROWS THE PADDLE INTO THE WATER BEFORE LAYING DOWN.
Not to mention she just lost Matthew's oar! ON PURPOSE.
I hate complimenting this movie.
This may be the last point you get, movie. Take it gracefully.
"When I tried to tell you about it, I guess I didn't say it right."
This is so off book. I can't.
Gilbert says he wants Anne to be "his girl".
Good message, movie.