Netflix’s ‘Persuasion’ Review – Not for Austen Purists, but for Sad Girls


If I built my feelings around Netflix Persuade Purely on the rhetoric and the reviews on Twitter, I think it would be way, way brighter and way…worse. The new adaptation of Jane Austen’s more mature and melancholy novel, starring Dakota Johnson, Cosmo Jarvis, and Henry Golding, have ruptured by critics and Twitter threads alike for its use of things like modern language, bangs, and FleabagHe breaks the fourth wall. It has been named for everything from collapse to disaster. It was said by one of the official accounts Austin was killed a second time. Relax! I loved Persuade. If you don’t mind terribly, I’ll ignore Austin Stan holding their pearls and swaying with this sad little movie.

Perhaps the film’s biggest criticism is that Johnson as Anne doesn’t look or speak like an Austin-era heroine. Sure, Anne Johnson looks like a time traveler who’s resigned to her fate, but Keira Knightley’s bangs flew back in 2005. Pride and prejudice, very. Log on to Twitter and you’ll see screenshots of lines like “we’re worse than exes, we’re friends” and “now I’m single and thriving,” but in the actual context of the movie it doesn’t look that quirky. They seem desperate, like someone trying to hide their sadness with a basic comment on Instagram. I don’t know the source material like the other Austin books do, but the movie was still sad to me, and that’s the point.

Nor do I agree 100 percent that this movie is.”Fleabagification of Jane Austen”, but those who say it forget it Fleabag Is it a frustrating show? When Anne Johnson shamelessly watches other young women and, successfully, turns a blind eye to courting men, she does not appear arrogant or superior but rather subdued. I really felt it! Have you ever used a dating app recently? It’s grim here! Let me get so sad and indulge in the fantasy that I look as beautiful as Johnson while doing this, please.

PersuadeThe cast and supporting characters are also worth the admission price. Captain Jarvis Wentworth, Anne’s once and futuristic love, has a frown so wide that you can stand under him in the rain. Golding plays Mr. Elliott, Anne’s cousin (don’t get me started) and perhaps the most familiar “type” recognizable to the average Austen fan, the smooth-talking f*ckboy. Other characters are more unique in this story. Lady Russell, played by Nikki Amuka Bird, is a mentor – albeit one who did the titular persuasion – who really cares about Anne and not just her social standing. Mia McKenna-Bruce’s performance as Anne’s melodramatic sister Mary is a hilarious affair. And Louisa (Nia Towell) is as crazy as some of Austin’s other “little sister” types, but Mary also takes care of herself. It’s really fun spending time with these characters. Did you hear this? I said it was fun!

And not only that, there are some really powerful scenes in this movie. There is a nice moment at the end where Captain Harvell (Edward Blummel) indicates to Anne that he feels conflicted about his late sister’s widow finding a new wife because he feels his suffering continues. His sister’s memory is vivid. It’s a complex moment that talks about the story’s themes of moving forward, getting a second chance at love, and allowing yourself to grieve. stuck with me. If people didn’t write this movie because of some joke, they might enjoy scenes like this.

Like any Austin heroine, Persuade It has its drawbacks – mostly, IMO, in that it’s a bit weak. It’s not quite a modern adaptation like ignorant And the fire islandnot completely Sticking to a language as outdated as other parts of the last period, including the great And the Dickinson. Flashes rush the audience in and out, sometimes fading out completely into the background. Director Carrie Cracknell is primarily a stage director, and I wonder if this was an on-stage adaptation with the benefit of live previews and commentary, the tone might have chosen an aspect. However, I loved like a romantic hero in modern day Austin Persuade Just as it is.


I understand the complaint that the movie appears to be trying to stereotype a great English teacher by trying to make Anne seem “relevant” – but everything I’ve associated myself with about Anne came from the story and Johnson’s performance, not the updated text. The only thing I love about Anne, about romance, is that she knows who she loves from the start. fanny Mansfield Park That way too, but Emma Woodhouse and Elizabeth Bennet (the two most screen-adapted characters) are largely unaware of their feelings. I don’t find that particularly relevant. But would it be annoying if “access to children” was the reason for the artistic choice? Maybe, but not so much that it shouldn’t even be there.

The vitriol against this movie is really old, because despite the criticism, it has an edge. This is a piece from a time period for those of us who don’t wait for pumpkin spice to be put on the menu to listen to it folklore (important demographic). It’s for suburban driving and crying. It’s for those who are prone to self-sabotage, and are awake freaking out about all the different ways things can go with a crush (another important demographic). This is a piece from a period for people who heard the word “cheugy” and shivered a little because they were like: This could be me.

Books don’t sleep at night and they dream of becoming movies when they grow up. You have already grown. If you’re an Austin fan and can’t get past *hand of the waves* all of this, by all means, feel free to skip this one. Find yourself another adaptation. Re-read the book. I totally understand it. I’m respecting you! there poohA lot of things I deal with annoyingly. But any modification, especially from the public domain, should not hesitate to make big choices and controversial interpretations and not be a carbon copy of the book and not be to everyone’s liking. Where on earth did all these Austin girls learn to be so wise?! If there’s a fourth wall now, I’ll break it down too, and give you an epic glimpse of knowledge.

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