I’m a Crusader

After hearing about Kristie’s Crusade, I figured I would probably like North and South when I was able to watch it. I’ve had it on hold at the library for months now, just waiting for my turn in the queue. When my turn finally rolled around, I sat down and told myself I’d watch the first of four parts. About four hours later, I finished watching the program.

I loved it. Loved it. No real surprise—I’m a crusader.

North and South 

What a gorgeous program! The acting is terrific—yes, I love Richard Armitage, and Daniela Denby-Ashe does a fabulous job as well. The music is fantastic. Though I only watched the movie once, I can still hear bits of music in my head.

There are some truly great moments, all of which Kristie has covered, but I have to share a few thoughts as well. Armitage does an amazing job of showing how his character falls in love with Margaret—despite the folly of it, the hopelessness he feels. It was beautiful to watch.

The initial proposal was wonderfully memorable. Though I wanted her to say yes, and therefore I sympathized with Thornton, I could relate to Margaret’s discomfort with social situations as she just made everything worse. I don’t think anyone could watch it and not feel the pain of both characters.

Then there’s the amazing moment where Thornton wants her to look back at him as she’s riding out of his life. Honestly, it was difficult not to get a bit swoony about a man who loves that completely.

As for the end . . . I won’t spoil it but will simply say it lived up to the hype.

I wish I could have watched it again, but I couldn’t renew it at the library. More than 80 people have it on hold. I guess word of the Crusade is spreading.

I’m going to buy my own copy so I don’t have to wait another few months before seeing it again.

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Comments

  1. LOL and Hurrah!!! You also see the wonderfulness, the awesomeness, the brilliance of this series!!
    And 80 people!?!?!? Word must be getting around. What I am also getting a kick out of is pretty much everyone who rents/checks it out of the library ends up getting their own copy – ’cause seeing it once just isn’t enough!!

  2. “Then there’s the amazing moment where Thornton wants her to look back at him as she’s riding out of his life. Honestly, it was difficult not to get a bit swoony about a man who loves that completely.” I know was that not the best scene EVER. My god I was crying like a baby, “A tiny hungry baby” Anywho off topic.
    I’m glad you liked it I have it on order from Amazon. I just had to have it.

  3. Woot! Glad you loved it. :P

    That scene, when he tells her to look back at him. *sigh* Love it! LOL

  4. I’m still waiting for my turn at my local library. I’m itching to watch it. :)

  5. You make me want to watch the movie again! I saw it in HS and don’t remember so much. Your post makes me want to be hold number 81 at the library. :-)