Moll Flanders Reviews
Freeman is a servant in 18th century England who has been sent to retrieve a young girl from an orphanage. He has been tracking her down for years, and has instructions to read her the memoirs of her mother, Moll Flanders (Wright). The intent is to let the girl experience the ups and downs of her mother's life and derive some wisdom from the struggles endured by her own flesh and blood. Intended to be a story about perseverance and unbreakable spirit, this soggy, long-winded epic floats from episode to episode at a numbingly slow pace. And though the final payoff in the film is pleasing, it still has led nowhere emotionally. Things happen to Moll Flanders, but Moll Flanders never makes things happen. Let's hope the kid learns the real lesson of the film: proactive characters make better films.