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.
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.