Sunday, April 01, 2007

First impression of ITV's Persuasion

I will write a full review later, but will say very briefly: there were some things to admire in this production - most particularly Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Wentworth, (indeed, two hours simply watching him sit alone in an empty room would have sufficed) - and the first 45 minutes were very nicely-done. But there were some glaring and important changes from Austen's original, which altered the dynamics of the narrative considerably, and some of the acting performances here were highly disappointing, particularly Charles and Mary Musgrove (Sam Hazeldine and Amanda Hale), and I wasn't over-impressed either by the giddy Miss Musgroves, Louisa and Henrietta (Jennifer Higham and Rosamund Stephen). Much better was Sir Walter Elliot (Anthony Head) and Elizabeth Elliot (Julia Davis). As for Anne - my favourite of all Austen heroines - she is played nicely here by Sally Hawkins, who is a very fine actress.

I don't think this was anywhere near as good as the BBC production 1995 - although Rupert Penry-Jones more than compensated here in lieu of Ciaran Hinds. Indeed, there was no comparison.


Anyway, much, much more to come
- am now watching the Behind the Scenes documentary, about how these Austen films on ITV were made.

11 comments:

hovacentauri said...

...and at last...Bath! Rupert Penry-Jones! Swoon! Bit of a waft of 'Lola rennt' towards the climax, but gawd, RPJ is worth running all Bath's crescents for.

Antizan said...

Amanda Hale reminded me of Mrs Overall....

shallowness said...

I wrote a more critical review

http://profshallowness.livejournal.com/227443.html

but that was partly because I was trying to get at what didn't work for me. In short, I agree. (I think I liked SH's Anne less than you did, but I rather took Amanda Root's Anne to heart). Were the behind the scenes enlightening or fluffy?

Gallivant said...

Come back later!

I'll have a proper review up soon enough - I have been plagued by technical problems today, and have lost various versions of my review so far.

Then we can have a fuller discussion.

Gallivant said...

Antizan

See my longer review! I thought this too!

Gallivant said...

Hovacentauri

Oh yes, RPJ was definitely swoon-worthy.

Gallivant said...

shallowness

I will have a look at your review - thanks for the url.

Have a gander at my review - finally up! I thought Hawkins's'Anne was too passive actually, but I think she is a very fine actress.

The Behind the Scenes stuff was fluffy!

Antizan said...

Amanda Hale hamming it up was the only blight on this although on its own would have been amusing...

Gallivant said...

Antizan

I wasn't an enormous fan of this production to be honest, but it had its moments, that's for sure.

I found Amanda Hale just too excrutiating!

jeremyb said...

I don't think Miss Anne Elliot would dream of sprinting through Bath. She would walk supported by someone's arm. Still there was much to be admired in Miss Hawkins' lung capacity as she arrived without gasping.
This was a totally ludicrous climax, which ruined a fine, up tp that point, adaptation.

Agnes said...

Gallivant, where did you buy the Behind the Scenes documentary, I can't find it anywhere on the net? Is it worth buying??