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Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Plucky heroine's tale concludes in family-friendly film.

Movie NR 2017 88 minutes
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Plucky literary heroine Anne never disappoints with her passion for life, and fans who have watched her grow up in this trilogy's first two titles won't want to miss this heartwarming conclusion. Ballentine continues to own her title role, doing Montgomery's beloved character proud with her work as a maturing (and notably less chatty) Anne. The challenges she and her family face in this story -- financial uncertainty, life-altering decisions, and an emotional loss -- are weightier than before, but Anne perseveres with predictable determination and spirit.

Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew continues to depart from the classic Kevin Sullivan films and Montgomery's writings in some key areas (a necessity for continuity in this reboot's storyline, of course), and to rush through elements of the tale that would benefit from a little more development. In particular, viewers are left wanting a bit more of the long-awaited romance between Anne and Gilbert, which just hits its stride as the movie ends. That said, this story offers the same exceptional messages about self-discovery, friendship, family, and overcoming adversity that viewers have loved in its two predecessors.

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