Yes, my friends, you can call me a Crusader. I have completely fallen under the spell of North & South. Oh, Mr. Thornton. He is all that is starchy and broody. His mother? Fabulously judgmental. Higgins? Earthy and real. I'm not really sure what to say or how to say it and remain coherent. I will degrade into a babbling fangirl. OK. Here is my attempt to list a few thoughts and favorite moments.
1) Fist of Doom. Yes. Just... yes.
2) The scene when Margaret is leaving Thornton's home after saying goodbye (before leaving Milton.) The framing of the shot is stunning. The carriage in the courtyard, snow falling, camera behind Thornton framed in the open doorway... beautiful. The expression on his face as he stood there saying "Look back." Guh.
3) The Kiss. You know what I am talking about. The hand on the side of the face is a "thing" for me. Gets me every time.
4) Higgins reaction to his daughters death. He is such a strong man. When he breaks down it is simply gut wrenching.
5) I LOVED the cinematography in the scene when Margaret goes to the mill and sees Thornton for the first time. The cotton floating through the air gave it an almost magical quality.
6) Thornton's sister was HORRID! That is all.
7) I actually liked Higgins so much that I almost wished that he and Margaret would get together. There was just something about him that was so compelling. Also, if Margaret ended up with Higgins, Thornton and I could run off together and he could hold my face while WE kiss.
Like I said, not very coherent. Let's just say North & South is now being added to my Amazon wish list. This one needs to be added to my personal collection.