Aaaahhh. Where do I even begin? After two marathon episodes and no Gil I was in the depths of despair! Finally our dashing young man graced the screen in Episode 3. Well, he sure took his time and I was getting impatient that she was spending far too much time with that stable hand but thankfully we all know how the story panned out. Phew.
I’m a diehard Anne of Green Gables fan. So much so I even made a trip to Prince Edward Island, dressed up like Anne in a tourist shop (with embarrassing photos), hashtagged all my Instagram PEI pics with #adsofgreengables, saw BOTH musicals (Anne & Gilbert and also AOGG– the former was my favourite because the actor that played Gilbert was perfect. His name is Alex Furber by the way) so finding the right Gilbert was super important. I wanted a guy who is her equal and as a minimum, at least looked the part!
Whilst I absolutely loved the original, I feel this adaptation delves further into her deepest fears and insecurities. Yes, we all know our favourite girl is always brave and confident but you don’t get to be all that without overcoming some difficulties. In a way some of the drama’s dark undertones kind of made sense- the social issues she encounters still exist today e.g.: bullying, sexism, trying to fit in, discrimination and more. It’s still early days to determine whether I would absolutely adore this version as much as the original. The creators did exercise some “creative license” which kind of threw me off for a bit in terms of narrative however, I absolutely love the intro credits. The artwork was whimsical and felt like we are inside Anne’s imagination.
Lucas is PERFECT as Gilbert. How so? Because I’m blogging about how swoon-worthy he is. And it’s not just because he has the right hair.¹ Okay, the hair played a part but he is also sweet and gallant. Bloody hell. He’s only 15. Do I feel guilty gushing over a 15 year old? Nope. Because he reminded me what it was like being 15 watching Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert Blythe.
And as far as I’m concerned, when I’m watching Anne, I am 15.