In the sequel, they still knew how to portray Anne. Since
the first mini-series, she has grown up, but she can still be that impertinent
little girl that we grew to know and love. She is completely independent,
and she speaks her mind. But she still gets upset when people comment
on her hair!
Anne must be a couple of years older now, but she still has all
the same charm she has always had. And Gilbert is still chasing her,
even though he always has a date on his shoulder. Unfortunately,
that is never the girl he wants. So after seeing Diana get engaged,
he asks Anne to marry him. But she feels that Diana has "settled"
for someone, instead of waiting for a better husband, and she doesn't want
to do the same.
There are so many moments in the beginning of the film that are
pure Anne. She lets the pages of her manuscript fly all over the
beach while dreaming, she dances with a make-believe partner, her ideal
man. And then she freezes up when Gil makes an appearance and asks
her to dance.
She is still as impulsive as ever, selling her cow when it breaks
into Rachel's yard, even though the one she saw trampling and sold was
Rachel's own cow!
But Gil's proposal makes her think. She needs to get away,
and Kingsport Ladies College is just the place for her. What she
doesn't know is that the town is run by the Pringles, several related families
who wanted their own clan to get her position. The task daunts her,
and she doesn't know how she'll get through the year. In fact, we
But she is Anne, so she gets into trouble, and she wins hearts.
She starts big with the trouble, and small with the hearts, of the girls
who aren't Pringles.
Eventually she is nearly fired for the troubles, but Miss Stacey,
the wonderful kindred spirit from the last film, organizes a benefit play
on her behalf. After that play, she is loved by all.
One of her student's, Emmiline Harris, is withdrawn from the school
very early on, but when she reveals that she wants to be in the play, Anne
goes to talk with her grandmother, and sort of blackmails her into letting
her tutor the girl. They form a deep bond, and eventually she forms
another bond with Mrs. Harris, the grandmother.
This leads to the hilarious picnic in the park scene, where Anne
drags Mrs. Harris out into the sun and the greenery almost against her
will. But she knows that she is no match for Anne, so she proceeds.
None of her attention-grabbing tactics work with Anne, but that doesn't
stop her from trying.
Emmiline's father, the ever out-of-town Mr. Harris, wonders at
the woman who could get his mother outside, let alone on a picnic with
a dozen other girls. As he gets to know Anne, he falls in love.
And in late winter, he asks her to marry him.
But that is when she realizes that she loves Gilbert. For
a glorious five seconds, as Anne puts it, she lived the life she had always
dreamed of, with her knight in shining armor, and her castle with gold
spirals. But then the reality sets in, and she realizes that she
must decline. He is heartbroken, but she now knows that she belongs
She had been offered a five year contract at the school, but
turns it down now. She had met Gilbert in Kingsport when he is at
a conference, and he tells her that he is engaged. As he leaves,
we know that he wanted her to tell him to leave his fiancée for
her. But she stands there, watching him go.
So as she returns to Avonlea at the end of the school year, she
gets to hold Diana's new baby, listens to Rachel prattle on, soaks up Marilla's
love and support, and hears that Gilbert has caught scarlet fever.
She is devastated, and sulks in her room (probably for a couple of days).
Then Marilla comes from the post office with a package for her.
At the beginning of the film, Anne's first work of fiction was
refused from publication. Gilbert told her the truth about it, that
she needed to bring it back to Earth. She denied it then, and gave
him the cold shoulder. But when she met him in Kingsport, he suggested
again that she write about Avonlea, and she returned to her dorm and began
She received $250 as an advance, and Marilla had just returned
with some copies of it. The dedication is to Marilla, Matthew and
Gilbert. She knows that she has to go and see him. And that,
of course, it what pulls him through. Her love pours out onto him,
and a few weeks later, he is through and almost back to normal.
They go for a walk on their bridge across the pond, and Gilbert
tries again. This time she accepts his hand, and they kiss.
It is the most wonderful kiss, which has been anticipated since the beginning
of the first film.
The directing is superb, and the acting is first rate also.
But what softly underscores this part of the story is the music.
It is very beautiful. The story is terrifically written, and it has
a great balance between the romance, some comedy and tragedy.
All in all, this is one which we should watch more often.