Adapted from what is arguably Jane Austen's most mature and subtlest novel, Persuasion is somewhat more nuanced and restrained than the more frequently adapted Emma and Pride and Prejudice. The protagonist, Anne (Amanda Root), is, by the conventions of society, considered an old maid when she remains unmarried at 27. However, a second chance ...
Adapted from what is arguably Jane Austen's most mature and subtlest novel, Persuasion is somewhat more nuanced and restrained than the more frequently adapted Emma and Pride and Prejudice. The protagonist, Anne (Amanda Root), is, by the conventions of society, considered an old maid when she remains unmarried at 27. However, a second chance arrives when her former love, Captain Wentworth (Ciaran Hinds), returns from the Napoleonic Wars. The pair, who hardly speak throughout, are surrounded by the usual assortment of family members, friends, acquaintances, and distant relations, many of them what pass for stock characters in Austen novels. There's the social-climbing parent, the dour upper aristocrat, the scatterbrained younger relatives, and, of course, the apparently suitable suitor who turns out to be all wrong. Of course, Austen's protagonists are never dumb, but Anne, being somewhat older, is also a good deal wiser, and the characters around her accordingly take on greater dimension and subtlety. Naturally, this being an Austen story, all ends well, but the path is somewhat less straightforward than in other films adapted from her work. Genevieve Williams, Rovi
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Oct 15, 2009
Excellent Version of Persuasion
I loved this version of Persuasion, even though it wasn't completely true to the original Jane Austen novel. It has a spirit that the 2007 version and the BBC version lacked. I recommend it to every and any Jane Austen fan or those who like a love story filled with sophisticated dialogue, complex motives, beautiful period dress and locations, and wonderful acting.
Apr 2, 2009
What's not to like? Pretty girls, handsome men, odious relatives, love gone wrong that will soon be righted; you will find all and more in this movie.
Premise: Young woman persuaded to turn down the proposal of her true love because of his apparent lack of prospects finds herself an "old maid" several years later. But, hark! he reappears on the scene, wealthy and more handsome than ever. Does he still love her as she does him? Well, of course he does and the lovers are reunited after a few twists and turns and schemes.
Acted well, beautiful scenery, beautiful clothing. Well done!