This afternoon I saw for the first time the 2007 television version of Persuasion. Rupert Penry-Jones stars as Captain Wentworth and Sally Hawkins stars as Anne Eliot. I am not a fan of this version at all. I wanted to love it, but I feel that the story line was rushed which did not do justice to it. I also did not find this version as moving as the one that was done in 1995 starring Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root.
Rupert Penry-Jones is handsome, but he does not look like the windswept Captain Wentworth would look after spending so many years at sea, although he does look more age appropriate to the character than Ciaran Hinds did. In this version of Persuasion Anne and the Captain hardly speak to one another throughout the entire movie.
I like Amanda Root, however, Sally Hawkin’s interpretation of Anne Eliot is a bit more animated which I liked.
If I had not read the book I would have been confused watching this movie. It really needed to slow down. There are scenes near the end where Anne is running through Bath, which many people who watched the movie were really turned off by. It really didn’t bother me, but it would be highly unlikely that a woman, during this time period, would be running like a bat out of hell through Bath, England.
I read someplace online, a few months ago, that Captain Wentworth’s Letter is not included in this version. That is not correct. The Letter is included. but it is done differently and not as effectively. This is when you see Anne running through town. When Anne finally catches up with Captain Wentworth to accept his second proposal they kiss but it was lame. Richard Armitage should have shown them how to do it. The kiss at the end of the BBC North & South is one of the best onscreen kisses ever.
Unfortunately, I was not feeling this adaptation of my favorite Jane Austen novel.