My Review of Persuasion


Sunday night’s presentation of “Persuasion” was a good one, though I still prefer the 1995 one starring Ciaran Hinds.

What I liked about Masterpiece’s version:

  • The opening scene! It really made you feel the urgency of Anne’s duties in preparing her family home to be taken over
  • Captain Wentworth was handsome
  • I liked the actors for the Musgroves…all of them, sisters included
  • I had mixed feelings about the way the filmmakers had Anne breach the “fourth wall” by staring at the camera at certain times. It made me uncomfortable, which I think was the intent, but it also endeared the audience to her because we saw the difficulty of her situation.
  • I thought the actress who played Anne was very, very good

What I prefer about the 1995 one:

  • It’s a bit longer, so there is more time to see the subtleties of the supporting characters (Sir Elliot’s vanity, Lady Russell’s manipulation, the camaraderie of the Naval officers, the uniqueness of Mrs. Croft)
  • Captain Wentworth is handsomer
  • They get the climax right, playing out within those four walls of that little room with the ladies prattling on about wedding clothes in the background. You FEEL what’s happening! In the Masterpiece version, they moved the conversation between Anne and Bennick to the dinner scene at the Musgroves. This necessitates BRUTALLY ALTERING one of the GREATEST LOVE LETTERS EVER PENNED (albeit fictional!).

2 thoughts on “My Review of Persuasion

  1. HEAVEN HELP US!WHAT WAS THAT ENDING???Running around Bath?He’s at her house.He’s home. He wrote a letter.He’s back at her house.Almost.Were these people on roller skates??Meanwhile, she’s running all over Bath….I really missed his writing the letter while she’s talking. When they moved those remarks to much earlier, and to a time he couldn’t overhear, it bothered me. It is supposed to be a part of convincing him.The shop scene in the rain was fun, though. And I know there’s only so much one can do in two hours.Speaking of which, could someone have warned me that BBC’s Mansfield Park is FIVE HOURS LONG???? I’m trying to catch up with the backlog, but really!I don’t think I can take that much of Fanny Price!

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