Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Persuasion (BBC, 2007) [* * * *]

After Austen's Pride and Prejudice, perhaps even Sense and Sensibility, I found Persuasion (2007 film version) to be one of her most interesting stories.

Here is an older woman, 27, who has to come to terms with having rejected a man she loved 8 yrs back, because she was persuaded by her family. She realises that she'd made a mistake and wounded his pride but can't correct the situation. As they're thrown together repeatedly they discover a new respect and love, even greater than before, which is so very Austen.:)

Persuasion (1995)
For something done in 1995, not so very long ago, I'm astonished at how poor the version is visually. As far back as 1965, Walt Disney was churning out classics like Lady and the Tramp ... why was this one so bad? I think it suffers from poor actors, poor sets (though some scenes are copied by the 2007) and though the dialogue is more authentically Austen, it lacks continuity.

Btw, I discovered another reviewer who's doing all the Austen movies I am with more formality at R-views - check it out.:)

2 comments:

Moshe Reuveni said...

Thanks for the link - I'm flattered!

Yoda said...

You're doing such a good job of reviewing, consider it a well-deserved compliment.:)