North and South (DVD)
Starring: Richard Armitage & Daniela Denby-Ashe
While I ended up not watching this treasure with the Indie Janeites as planned, I did purchase and devour it after reading the book. Oh swoon. It was a wonderful viewing experience, and the BBC did a pretty good job of translating book to screen. Especially when you consider they took roughly 3-years-and-change of time and condensed it into a 4ish hour production. Impressive, my friends, impressive.
I'm willing to overlook some of the story-alterations as necessary evils for this condensing, although the one main issue I have is that they made Thornton mean. Proud, a little brash, controlled passion and a little rough around the edges? Definitely. But mean? Nope. So that bugged me a little, having become so acquainted with his character. I understand the "logic" behind the decision (give Margaret a reason to dislike him, quickly), but think it could have been handled differently. Otherwise, I'm okay with the way they played with the story.
DVD provided by my personal library.