I have to admit that when I first saw this adaptation of Persuasion that I did not like it at all. All I could remember about it was Amanda Root’s deer in headlights look throughout the entire movie. I was sorry that I purchased the DVD. I decided to watch it again a few weeks later and the second time was the charm. I enjoy watching this version of Persuasion now. I find that the story line of this version is easier to follow than the 2007 version, at least for me. All of the supporting cast did a great job. This version I find more moving than the 2007 movie. This adaptation of Persuasion stars Amanda Roots as Anne Eliot, and Ciaran Hinds as Captain Frederick Wentworth.
Ciaran Hinds took a bit getting used to as Captain Wentworth because he looks much older than the Captain is supposed to be. He is not my ideal Captain Wentworth, but he did a fine job never the less.
Amanda Roots can often be seen in period period dramas. Her interpretation of Anne Eliot is very docile and long suffering. She doesn’t do much to take control of her own destiny. It’s a wonder the very experienced sea faring Captain is so mesmerized by her.
Sophie Thompson does a great job playing Mary Musgrove, Anne’s eccentric and jealous sister.
As in all of Jane Austen’s novels, you get more than just a glimpse of how women are regarded within English society. Women can easily be “ruined” for marriage over the mostly illogical circumstances.
After over hearing a conversation that Anne is having with another man, Captain Wentworth decides to write a letter to Anne revealing that after all the years that have passed, his love for her has remained constant. It is one of the most beautiful love letters to ever. Anne Eliot is a very lucky woman.
The story line progress very nicely after Anne reads the letter.