|Anne, To Walk Invisible, Public Domain|
For many years, I have read, reread, studied, written about, and created art about the Brontes. I never got the feeling these filmmakers did.
|The Sisters, Public Domain image|
The emphasis of this well-acted but depressing production was Branwell's drinking, his love affairs, allegedly with one Mrs. Robinson, an older woman [I know, true life is better than fiction!], and his dissolute behavior. While he had these issues and more, the letters of Charlotte's I've read, and so many other primary sources and credible biographies, do not imply that the household was rendered completely dysfunctional by the only Bronte brother. He was brilliant but troubled, yet this show makes him out to be "not that good", hence the cause of many of his issues.
Life isn't that easy.
Despite it all, the letters of the sisters and their papers indicate a happier, even mundane existence, with a lot of writing and creativity going on. Emily, who was a genius, and amazing in her own right, comes off as a disgruntled bossy, ill tempered witch. Charlotte, well, she's just weird, and Anne is a shadow.