|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Rupert Penry-Jones, Alice Krige, Julia Davis, Sally Hawkins|
|Genres:||Drama - Period, Romantic, Romance, Television - Living World/Universe|
|Studio:||2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Apr 2007|
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Good but not the best adaptation.By a customer from Caldy, Wirral , 02 Apr 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]On the whole really enjoyable. Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry Jones were delightful - very good in their respective roles. However, as a stand alone film, it lacks the substance and depth of the BBC 1995 adaptation, with the majority of the characters appearing being one dimensional.
There were a number of other things that irritated me:
(1) The actress who played Mary Musgrove was just quite frankly strange and gave me the creeps ( not in an 'in-character' way),
(2) Anne is depicted on more than a couple of occasions weeping - too much!!!! Her turmoil is internal; my understanding of her character from the book is that she tightly controls her emotions, as her agony is simmering just under the surface.
(3) Anne running around Bath in the penultimate scene was plainly silly and very un-Jane Austen. It didn't do justice to the tension of the last few scenes!!
(4) In the Final scene, it appears Wentworth has bought Kellynch Hall!!! This is ridiculous, as the estate is entailed with the title and cannot be sold!!!!!!! Also, whats with the waltz at the end!!!!
As a package this is enjoyable, but ITV cannot resist adding Mills and Boon elements to Jane Austen, which is a shame. They need to employ self restraint, as ask themselves, will this appear tacky and cheesy!!!!??
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OK but read the bookBy a customer , 26 Feb 2013Overall I enjoyed the film and gazing at Rupert Penry-Jones but he seemed miscast in the role of Captain Wentworth.
Nearly "Persuaded"By GeorgeVII (1 review) , 13 Jun 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideGood production for its genre. Was not convinced by the casting of Anne; I doubt too that a girl of her background in the early 19th century would have been inclined or capable of running for a couple of miles in pursuit of her lover and then recovering her breath in a couple of minutes!! Best acting was by her obnoxious father who was such a snob that I shouted out loud at him in anger at one point. As always with Austen the plot only works because the main characters are too prim to talk to each other. But it kept, my attention and brightened an otherwise dull day.
Typical Jane Austen!By a customer , 10 Jan 2012If you like Jane Austen's novels, then you'll enjoy this movie.
Typically Austen ... a dramatic romance with several twists and turns to say nothing of a decent storyline. Both Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penny-Jones did well acting out the main characters and I think Adrian Shergold did a half decent job in directing the film.
There were no thrills and spills or lavish scenery other than perhaps the now famous quay at Lyme Regis. This, of course says a lot for those acting out the scenes.
I can easily recommend this movie to Austen Fans.
Love's labours........By HenryoFelix (44 reviews) from Felixstowe, England , 04 Nov 2011Although I don't normallly like period dramas of this style I thought it had a freshness about it - perhaps because the actors were not well known it felt more real. A good adaptation but a little slow in some scenes.
A rekindled romance.By moggie3 (4 reviews) , 21 Oct 2011I liked this version of the story. Maybe the film rushed through childhood and school but on the whole a good well acted portrayal of the story with a refused lover and his love back in each others arms.