Persuasion, the Netflix adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, is out in select theaters today before it hits the streamer next week – and the reviews are in.
The film stars Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot, a young woman living with her snobbish family who are on the verge of bankruptcy. She may be only 27 years old, but this is the 19th century, and therefore she is on the verge of innovation, mourning the lost love of Frederick Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis), a man whose family persuaded her not to marry eight years before. That is, until he reappears in her life. The cast also includes Henry Golding, Richard E. Grant, Suki Waterhouse, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Mia McKenna-Bruce.
The film was directed by theater director Carrie Cracknell in her feature film debut, and she has put a modern twist on the adaptation, despite retaining the Regency setting. But what do critics think of Persuasion?
At no time during Carrie Cracknell’s directorial debut does you ever get the feeling that someone has actually read Persuasion. sad guy. pursued by ghosts of lost love, deprived of her poetry and reduced to an Instagram text about the pitfalls of millennial dating. “
“From the moment the trailer fell, the Austrian gatekeepers cried holy bread, and this is guaranteed to rank lovers of the novel. But it is a film that knows exactly what it does, and uses the source as a baseline instead of an unshakable plan, with a star Ideally chosen for navigating her century-crossing gambit, she is a woman who is receptive to persuasion, but ultimately driven by her own sense of freedom of action. origin, the film is a sweet distraction. “
“Jane Austen’s calm, subtle novel gets Fleabag treatment in this smiling space com; it has more wrong tones than a drunken squadron of harpists, including anything but a last minute in a barouche to Bath airport. Our degrading protagonist Anne Elliot is forever make superior recordings and friend monologues for the camera, take desperate gulps from a bottle of red wine privately, breastfeed occasionally a quirky pet rabbit, and finally give us (unforgivably) a wink to seal the agreement on our adoring accomplice. “
This Persuasion actually has lots of modern, talkative flourishes (yes, Anne tells us she’s “single and thriving”, and later refers to her hunky unhappy love as her “ex”), and it has a number of positive Bridget Jones- like sequences that see Anne cry, drink, cry, drink, etc., but they all serve one essential purpose: to get us into Anne’s heart. “Undo Anne’s hair and loosen her clothes, to also figuratively bring the audience closer to her by treating her like any other woman.”
“Persuasion is neither stupid nor serious enough. It’s tough for Bridgerton, with a color-blind cast and superficial feminist values, but never gets as big. It has nothing of sex and fleshy abundance, or the weird costumes that prefer a low-key one instead. appearance of noble poverty and a focus on home life.As Austen books in fact, except that its absurd dialogue (“It is often said that if you are a fiver in London, you are a ten in Bath!”) and eerie cracking of the fourth the wall jar with this muted aesthetic.
Persuasion comes on the streamer on July 15th. While we wait, check out our selection of the best Netflix movies you can watch right now.