Movie Review: North and South (2005)



Thanks to my author friend Laura Frantz for opening up a wonderful comment based discussion at her blog following her on her North and South journey! Last week was her first time experiencing the characters of Margaret Hale, John Thornton, Nicholas Higgins etc. in all their small screen glory.

All the comments throughout the week made me think of all the reasons why I loved this film and recommend it to everyone who loves historical romance. Not only are the actors terrific but the costumes, the setting and the overall plot of this movie make it one of my all time favorites. I guess I'm a sucker for Richard Armitage in a cravat too but that's just an added bonus. The dialogue is so well written that I probably wouldn't have minded if John was a total ogre in the looks department. Yeah right, who am I kidding?


Sidenote: According to IMDB Richard Armitage was one of the first actors to audition for the role of John Thornton and was one of the last to be cast. WHAT WERE THESE PEOPLE SMOKING THAT PREVENTED THEM FROM SEEING HIS AWESOMENESS IMMEDIATELY?!

The only thing that I would like to know about this film is how close it is to the actual novel? Have any of you read the book and seen the movie, if so what are your opinions of it? How does the film compare to the movie? I love the film so much I'm almost afraid to read the book for fear that all other fiction that I read will seem...well...blah in comparison!

Comments

  1. I think I rented this last winter because you had mentioned it on your blog and I loved it. :)

    I notice you have a bday coming up...so do I...Sept 20. :)

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  2. Happy Birthday!

    LOL I couldn't remember if I had posted an "official" review or not and when I searched my blog nothing came up so here it is LOL! I'm so glad you liked it though!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  3. Hmmm, I know I rented some Masterpiece Theatre movie because of you and I'm sure that lead me to find North and South so you still get credit. ;)

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  4. I STILL haven't gotten around to watching the movie, although I loved the book - we need to have a girls night!

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  5. Aaaahhhhhh! That is my happy scream because my copy of North & South from Amazon.com just came in the mail today!!! I cannot wait to see what all ya'll are talking about, because I just know I'm going to love it! :D

    ~Amber

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  6. P.S. Happy almost birthday!!! Sounds like you have some fun in store, and I'm looking forward to the celebration! ;) LOVE that cake you have pictured up top, by the way--it fits really well with this blog!

    ~Amber

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  7. Well I'm glad I could help you find some good movies!!!

    YES Rachel! we need a girls night or at least force Shayne watch it with you!

    Amber- YAY! I'm so excited you got it! You'll love it! Thank you for the birthday wishes, make sure you stop back for the celebration! As for the cake I didn't think I was going to find a black and gold one and wouldn't you know it was one of the first that I came across!

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  8. You recommended this to me awhile back, and I took you up on your suggestion....um, I was not disappointed! :o) Your dead right on Richard Armitage, too...mmm, he's handsome.

    Did you know he's in a BBC tv series of Robin Hood? He's not what I'd call one of the good guys, but the show is great. I think it aired for 3 seasons, then, got canceled. :o(

    And here's some early happy birthday wishes for ya, too...hope you have a fabulous week! :o)

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  9. I most highly recommend the book. I read the book several years I think before I watched the movie so I don't remember exactly how similiar they are but I enjoyed both equally.

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  11. @ Julia- YAY I'm so glad to hear that the book is terrific too!

    Christy- LOL I love this movie so much it has gotten multiple blog posts! So glad you are in agreement with me on RA being a beautiful man! ;-) And yes I have seen him in Robin Hood and I gotta say he looks goooooood with longish hair! Thank you for the early b-day wishes!

    Juju- yes you do and thank you for the birthday wishes!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  12. I need to get a review of this up soon. Somehow it never made it to my blog...and I've watched it countless times.

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  13. Hahaha YES Ruth, do get that review posted! I need someone else to back me up LOL!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  14. I am new here! What a great blog :)

    Would love you to come visit me too!

    http://www.trying2staycalm.com/

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  15. Hey Shauna! I'm glad to have you! Your blog is terrific, I love the background and you have sooo many giveaways! :-)

    XOXO~ Renee

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  16. I loved this film too--I'm hoping to read the book sometime in the future. :)

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