Persuasion : Complete ITV Adaptation  [DVD]
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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English subtitles. Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne, despite true love. ...
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It's a modern interpretation of the main story and the theme of the book, which doesn't expect the viewer to know anything about the time period and social norms. It's great for younger viewers or those just discovering Austen.
The acting is fantastic, with so many great characters I wanted to know more about. Anne and her father were my favourites.
Yes, the ending is different from the book, and the running is a bit silly, but no more so than Mr Darcy going for a swim.
We would recommend this to anybody except a Jane Austen purist, because Anne and Wentworth are just right, as are her sisters and his fellow-officers. Corin Redgrave is especially repulsive and perfect as Sir WWE but all the characters are well cast and the settings are sometimes beautiful, always intelligently chosen. We think it's the best filmed adaptation of this novel.
I missed the entanglement of Captain Wentworth and Louisa Musgrove in the Ciarán Hinds version, which I felt was needed, especially if one wasn't familiar with the book, and Ann's understanding that they were to be married wasn't clear enough.
With the Rupert Penry-Jones version I felt the last part was not true enough to the story, ie her chasing him and meeting Harriet Smith in the street was wrong, as was him buying Kellynch Hall. I did feel a lot more emotion with this version and, even though Ann was good in that respect, I also felt that Captain Wentworth showed his feelings more too.
Charles was more believable in the Rupert Penry-Jones version as in the book he is a bit of a tease with his wife but that didn't show up at all in the Ciarán Hinds version.
If the Rupert Penry-Jones version was closer to the storyline then I'd say that would be ideal, although I would change some of the minor characters such as Mary, as I preferred the other version of her character, nor did I like Mr Elliot much either.
In both versions the children were too old so it didn't seem realistic that Charles had asked Ann to marry him after she rejected Captain Wentworth eight and a half years before, and then managed to woo and marry Mary and have two children who seemed to be about 7 years old. It does state in the book that one child was only two years of age when Captain Wentworth had to remove him from around Ann's neck.
Also the Musgroves were a plump couple so that didn't ring true for me, neither did the conversation between Captain Benwick and Ann which should have come much later and with Captain Harville.
I now find myself annoyed when watching the Rupert Penry-Jones version as it is so far from Jane Austin's novel but the saving grace is the delicious Captain Wentworth. It is worth watching just for him even if the storyline and some of the other characters are wrong.
I haven't seen any other adaptation of Persuasion but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Walter and and the oldest sister are played with just the right amount of idiocy, as is Mary, the third sister. She was a bit irritating but I went with it anyway. Anne and Frederick are also played well and you can believe their emotions are true. Yes, the ending is a bit modern and in Austen's time that would never have happened but I enjoyed it anyway, it was the first time both of the lovers had really expressed how they felt and I thought it was the right time to do something out of character. My only problem was when I finally finished the book I far preferred the more subtle way Wentworth revelas his feelings by writing the letter when he, Anne and other friends are all in a room together and subtly handing it to her as he leaves, then she leaves with Charles and meets him again outside so she can return the sentiment. It wouldn't have given the flashy ending but I think it would have been a more emotional one.
All in all an enjoyable adaptation for lovers of period drama, and Austen adaptations as the rest is fairly true to the book. Well worth watching.
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