Persuasion 2007 may be one of the more underrated Austen movies. It's a given that any period drama fan has probably seen both P&P movies and the'95 S&S, but poor Persuasion 2007 sits neglected in the corner.
But I like it. It's enjoyable and endearing, even if Sally Hawkins does look straight at the camera on multiple occasions and the ending almost resembles a chick-flick.
So...here are the top five reasons to watch(and like) Persuasion 2007...
5. The Length
With Sense and Sensibility '95 at 2 hours and 20 minutes, Sense and Sensibility '08 at about 3 hours, and Pride and Prejudice 1995 at almost 6 hours, it's convenient to find an Austen movie I can watch in a single evening. 93 minutes is the perfect run time for this movie-- not too rushed, not too tedious.
|the main actors-- Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins|
4. The Thoroughness
But despite the abbreviated length, the movie fits in all the essential details and characters.
Captain Benwick could have been slightly better developed and I was sad to miss the lovely scene wherein Captain Wentworth gives his letter to Anne, but overall the necessities were there.
3. The Oceanside Shots
They are so pretty.
2. The Humor
Mary is hilarious. Absolutely obnoxious, but hilarious. And I laughed pretty hard at her poor husband, Mr. Musgrove as well.
1. The Tension
I've read the book and seen this movie before, but I still started to get a little nervous for the outcome towards the end.
Will Captain Wickham propose to Louisa?
Will Anne catch Captain Wickham in time?
That's one of the movie's strongest points-- its ability to re-involve me in a story I already know the outcome to.
Have you seen this version of Persuasion? What did you think? Did you like the casting choices?