Saturday 10 July 2010

Persuasion (2007)

Very disappointing. :(

The most important scene in the book - where Captain Wentworth writes the letter - isn't there. All that repressed passion and emotion is replaced by a scene of Anne running all over Bath trying to find Captain Wentworth.

And at the end Captain Wentworth has bought Kellynch for Anne as a wedding present. Did I miss something? I thought Kellynch was entailed.

Not a version I would recommend.


Christina said...

Bought it??

I can't see Sir Walter selling it and he has an heir.

If William was already in possession...maybe I could see him selling it, if he could. But not Sir Walter. The Elliot pride you know.

Thanks for the heads up.

LesleyW said...

Christina - I don't think Sir Walter would be allowed to sell it or give it away - it's part of the estate that will go to his heir. That's why he could only rent it out to the Crofts. I don't understand how Wentworth was able to give it to Anne as a present. I think whoever adapted it just thought - oh this will make a great ending, without understanding the subtleties.

Sullivan McPig said...

The letter is left out? I didn't even read the book, but have heard enough about it that I know that's a crucial scene!

Renee said...

Yeah, the running scene in the end really felt like some artificial attempt to inject some (unneeded) drama.

My favorite production is the 1995 production with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds.

Tho, I have to admit, watching Rupert Penry-Jones in the 2007 version isn't a hardship. lol

LesleyW said...

Sullivan - the letter is still there but the scene is greatly changed from the book.

Renee - I've read lots of recommendations for the 1995 production so I will keep an eye out for that. I did think Rupert Penry-Jones made a good Wentworth though.