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Persuasion Review – Dakota Johnson Looks Like The Role When Jane Austen Gets Flea | Movies

Jane Austen’s calm, subtle novel gets Fleabag treatment in this smiling space comet; it has more wrong tones than a drunken squadron of harpists, including anything but a last minute in a barouche to Bath airport. Our decent protagonist Anne Elliot forever makes superior photos and friends monologues for the camera, takes desperate sips from a bottle of red wine privately, occasionally breastfeeds a quirky pet rabbit and gives us at the end (unforgivably) a wink to seal the deal of our adoring accomplice approval. The last wedding scene invents for us a sweet comic twist that involves two distinct characters whose status and purpose this film gets very wrong.

The cast itself is not the problem: Dakota Johnson looks and sounds like Anne, who eight years earlier has been persuaded to refuse a proposal from the handsome but moneyless sailor Wentworth, in which the role of Cosmo Jarvis does an honest job, with a a touch of Firth / Grant in his shy, yet grumpy restraint. Now Wentworth has returned to the neighborhood, recently wealthy, prestigiously promoted and reportedly still looking for a wife, to lonely Anne’s mortification (she is still in love with him). Meanwhile, her family has fallen in difficult times due to the wasted snobbery father Sir Walter Elliot, who is funny imitated by Richard E Grant. Her selfish sister Mary (stage-thief played by Mia McKenna-Bruce) claims Anne who takes her to Lyme, where the beautiful sisters of brother-in-law Charles (Ben Bailey-Smith) involve Wentworth in romantic attractions that can be diverted. . Her cousin William Elliot (Henry Golding), a complacent claim to her father’s baronetism, is making progress on her, and she’s still close to the mentor who catastrophically persuaded her against Captain Wentworth: this is Lady Russell (Nikki Amuka-Bird), as in this version is someone who does cougar sex tourist tours in Europe (off camera).

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Jane Austen books should not be sacred writing for adaptations: the Clueless movie and Curtis Sittenfeld’s underrated cartoon Qualified show how to take a free hand. And this film’s diverse cast in Bridgerton style undoubtedly engages with the novel’s historical themes of imperial rights, properties in the West Indies, naval looting and privacy. But there is something complacent and misunderstood and unconvincing about it.

Persuasion will be released July 8th in theaters, and July 15th on Netflix.

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