Saturday, July 4, 2009

Persuasion (2007) movie

Persuasion (2007)

Director: Adrian Shergold
Made for TV movie
Based on book: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Rating: 3

Anne (Sally Hawkins) fell deeply in love with handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones) at the age of nineteen. But with neither fortune nor rank to recommend him, Anne's family were against the match and persuaded her to break off the engagement. Eight years later, Anne has lived to regret her decision. She never stopped loving Frederick and when he returns from sea having made his fortune and reputation, she can only watch as every eligible young woman in the district falls at his feet. Can Frederick forgive Anne for listening to her family instead of her heart?

My thoughts:
In-a-word: Turmoil
I'm going to have to read this one. I'm missing some juicy details. Anne's character was portrayed well, but I would like to know what she is thinking. And although the Wentworth character was handsome, he didn't live up to a true romantic character with the kissing scene. Anne showed her passion while he just stood there. Blah.

Bravo for the 11 o'clock hour scene. Loved how people kept getting in Anne's way as she struggled to get to Wentworth. Again, I'm gonna have to read this one or watch a different version.

Wet moment: Wentworth gets wet from the ocean spray while walking along the sea wall in Lyme.

Memorable quote from imdb:

Captain Wentworth: Miss Elliot, I can bear this no longer. You pierce my soul. I'm half agony, half hope. Unjust I may have been. Weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it eight years ago.

I loved this admission by Wentworth. However, it was said in a letter and not verbally.

Awards: 3 wins and 1 nomination (details here)

Anne and Captain Wentworth

(Peg Dolly craft kit at The Jane Austen Centre - UK)

I decided to include my Hubby's rating and review comment on my Austen movie posts, because he is going to be watching most of the movies with me anyway. I'm also gonna try to get him to read his first Austen novel.

Hubby's rating: 2
His thoughts:
Too formulaic. The movie was lacking in a new interpretation.

************* updated 7.5.09 **************


  1. I haven't read or seen this one yet, but hope to one day! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!

  2. I've always wanted to watch this, but I'm planning to read the book first(the story is very intriguing) and then watch it. Also wanted to watch the film because Rupert Penry-Jones is nothing short of gorgeous :P

    Nice review and I love the dolls :)

  3. Persuasion is my all time favourite Austen novel and I do love this film version (but completely agree with you about the kissing scene!).

  4. Ohh, I am planning to watch this for the challenge, too! I love Rupert Penry Jones (first saw him in Spooks. Lovely!) so I'm excited to mix him with Austen :)

  5. I loved the book! It's one of my favorite Austen novels after P&P and S&S. I liked this version better than the one done in the 90s, but I definitely agree with you one the kissing scene! I'll be watching this one later for one of my challenges! Thanks for your review.

  6. While I enjoyed this movie version, it in no way compares to the book. Persuasion is a must read!

  7. I just watched the 1995 make of the movie. I think you will find this version more satisfying and true to the characters.

  8. I just read Persuasion and now am now excited to see the movie. I think you'll really like the book!

  9. The novel and 1995 version are much better - I highly recommend them!


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