Mansfield Park (1999)

A wonderful imagining of the underrated Jane Austen classic.

Regan Humphrey

After being sent away from home to live and study in the comfort of her aunt’s home, Fanny Price (Frances O’Connor) finds herself in a world of high society intrigue. She does her best to appease her aunt and uncle. She spends her days reading, writing, and adventuring. She bears witness to the trysts of her cousins, and loves one of them best, Edmund (Johnny Lee Miller), who shares her fondness. But her contented lifestyle will soon be disrupted by the arrival of scheming and amorous guests of the family, Mary (Embeth Davidtz) and Henry (Alessandro Nivola) Crawford.

REF SCORE: 59%

Soundtrack: 30%
Story: 100%
Writing: 90%
Diversity: 70%
Daring: 100%
Racism: ADDRESSED — 50%
Gender Bias: ABSENT — 0%
Homophobia: ADDRESSED — 30%

SUMMARY
While straying somewhat from the chronology, characters, and messages of the book, this film seems to imagine the best of what this book could be.

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