I discovered Jane Austen’s romantic novels rather recently even though my sister has been pleading me to read Pride and Prejudice for the longest time. Me being the hopeless romantic, dreamy girl has got the hit of reality a couple times, I had to hold myself off for some time. Romantic movies might be one of my most favorite genres but even when it feels so good there’s always this feeling lingering behind, “yeah this ain’t real… I am never gonna find a true love like this! :(“
Finally I gave in to the thoughts of reality and decided to enjoy some time in fantasy. After watching Pride and Prejudice, I was wanting more from same theme. Then one day, Persuasion popped up in my recommendation in Netflix!
The trailer immediately grabbed my attention. I haven’t seen any of Dakota Johnson’s work apart from 50 shades trilogy, but I loved her vibe very much anytime she appeared in the talk shows – something so amiable about her!
The story is told from Anne Elliot’s (Dakota) point of view. She speaks directly to the camera/viewer like a friend. She’s been pining over this guy whom she met and fell in love with long back- Frederick Wentworth. Wentworth was a great guy but did not have a proper rank or connections, or money. So Anne’s family did not approve of their relationship. Anne had to break up up with him, but apparently she did not disclose the situation fully.
Anne could not get over Wentworth, she was keeping all of his memories fresh and alive in her heart. Just like she could not stop loving him, she used to wonder whether Wentworth had same feeling for her. In all these years she didn’t hear about Wentworth courting anybody else… So a tiny little hope was still there left somewhere.
Wentworth made a comeback to Anne’s life, after 8 long years. This time around, he was rich and held a good rank- all in all a desirable match for any girl. He was more polite and formal- in first few meetings he did not react much to Anne’s presence. Anne’s close friend Louisa grew fond of him and started flirting with him. Everything was making Anne more miserable.
Anne was hanging out Wentworth and his other friends along with Louisa. In one such occasion, finally Wentworth expressed his wish to remain friends with Anne- just when Anne was hoping him to confess his true feelings for her. This friendzoning was so unnecessary and brutal!
While flirting with Wentworth, Louisa met an accident. After this, he confessed to Anne about his guilt feeling – for playing along with Louisa even though he was not really romantically interested in her… He felt like it was all his fault.
In the mean time, Anne met one of her handsome cousins who will be the heir of the Elliot family after Anne’s father. Handsome cuz, William started pursuing Anne. William is played by Henry Golding (you may know him from Crazy Rich Asians).
Anne got the news that Louisa was getting married to Captain (Wentworth, she thought). After crying a river, she decided to move on and give life a chance- she said yes to the handsome cuz.
Anne and Wentworth met after this – Wentworth could not bear to see Anne and William together. Anne came to know from a friend that Louisa was getting married to someone else, not to Wentworth. Heartbroken Wentworth wrote a letter for Anne and left the scene. As soon as Anne came to know about the wedding, she went out looking for him and found the letter.
Turns out Wentworth too, never really moved on from his one true love, Anne. Anne started looking for him everywhere and found William making out with another girl (how convenient is that!)… Finally Anne found Wentworth, they embraced each other and shared a kiss of love.
William too, got married with the girl he liked.
The movie was short and sweet- with no over-complicated plot. However, I felt like something was lacking. At few parts, it felt like a parody or a half baked product. I remember watching Bridgerton very recently- maybe their fashion and mannerisms are not historically correct either- but everything fit so well. This movie on the contrary- felt like an assignment finished at the eleventh hour. Wentworth looked so sad and miserable for 100% of the movie- I wasn’t sure whether he’s the one or not.
Anne/Dakota seemed fine, did not give me the vibe of a woman from couple centuries back though. Story wise I have nothing much to say, I wish to read the novel and come back and share the experience.
Overall I’d rate this movie 2/5.
Probably a better approach could have been to adapt the story in modern day life.
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