When it’s been years since you saw one of the adaptations from ITV based on an Austen novel, it’s always fun to go back and give it a re-watch. This is precisely where I found myself recently in re-watching Northanger Abbey (2007), the most recent adaptation of the classic.
Northanger Abbey (2007) ITV Film Review
Born into an unremarkable but large family, Catherine Morland (Felicity Jones) grows to be a fanciful young woman. She also is quite pretty despite her inexperience in life. She receives an invitation to accompany a pleasant but childless couple (Sylvestra Le Touzel, Desmond Barrit) looking for a companion. They have plans to attend Bath for Mr. Allen’s health. While swirled into the society that is Bath, Catherine meets a series of people who impact her young life.
There’s the siblings, Isabel and John Thorpe (Carey Muligan, William Beck), and this brings her elder brother, James (Hugh O’Conor) into the circle. Then there’s the Tilney siblings, Elinor and Henry (Catherine Walker, JJ Field), two people who live under the stern rules of a father who’s the subject of more than one gossip circle.‘NORTHANGER ABBEY’: THE BETTER VERSION OF THE FANCIFUL JANE AUSTEN ROMANCE #JANEAUSTEN #PERIODROMANCE #PERIODDRAMA #JJFIELD Click To Tweet
This is a film that I remembered having wanting to re-watch after also watching again the Netflix version of Rebecca. While it has more Gothic vibes, and this is much lighter, I still wanted to experience again Jane Austen’s foray into gothic lite! This has typical Austen feelings and characters while still being something different from her more famous works of Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility; although, Marianne and Catherine do share some similarities.
Penned for the screen by Andrew Davies, I don’t think this is up to the production as he usually produces. Still, there’s lots of pretty costumes, ballroom scenes and of course, some romance too! All things we love and if you ask me, are necessities in any Jane Austen story. It’s fun to see JJ Field in something before he was in Austenland and of course Felicity Jones has an entire host of titles to her name since playing the adorably naïve Miss Morland.
If you like Jane Austen or you just enjoy sweet period romance that’s on the shorter side, why not take a closer look at Northanger Abbey? It’s all about making you smile and you may even swoon a little bit.
You can find Northanger Abbey (2007) digitally on Amazon Video with a PBS add on.
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Content: we learn a girl sleeps with a man believing they’ll marry. We see her lying in bed under a sheet. There’s other suggestive comments about the books two girl’s read and their “scandalous” nature. The film is TV-14.
Photos: ITV/Masterpiece Theatre, BBC