WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.
Persuasion (2007) by Adrian Shergold (Director)
Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: The story had a gloomy, romantic feel. It moved at a good pace and focused more on the romance and dreaminess of the story than the practical elements. Scenes focused more on marriage and courting than on philosophy and prose. The only major plot difference was the same plot difference in the 1995 film, that a certain character does not marry another for different reasons than the ones stated in the book. This was not major, but a bit disappointing.
Acting: 4/5 Well Done: The acting was believable and emotions well played. The acting was done similar to the rest of the film, romantic but believable. Characters portrayed anger, sorrow, and bitterness may have not been presented in the most realistic way when looking at it practically, but when looking at it romantically, there is little to no objections that can be found.
Costumes and Scenery: 4/5 Well Done: The costumes and hair were beautiful. They were not extravagant to the point of unbelief, but they were pleasant enough to enjoy looking at. They were also more modest than most dresses of the era tend to be. They were still lower than would probably be completely appropriate, but they were not obscenely so as many Jane Austen movies are.
The scenery was beautiful and believable for the era like the costumes were. The homes were not overdone, but not near as mediocre as the 1995 one.
Moral: 2/5 A Hard to Read Moral: The moral of this movie was a lot less expounded on, if at all, then the 1995 version. The temperance between being easily persuaded and being headstrong is not discussed, though the events that cause this conclusion do happen. There is some discussion on being loyal to the ones we love, but this was done more for romantic purposes than a moral. The most moral was shown in Anne’s distaste for rich, high bred society in favor of kind, intelligent society- if poorer. It is discussed and shown in action a few times, but I believe the emphasis was still much less on the moral than on other aspects of the show, making it less noticeable.
Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: I found that the 1995 movie disappointed me in many ways, thought the 2007 one does lack some of the things the other movie had. The movie from 1995 had more substance and logical discussions that followed the original novel, as well as was more accurate. The moral was clear and some very interesting logical discussions occurred. The 2007 movie was definitely much more beautiful than the 1995, as well as had a much, much better build up of romantic chemistry and tension, but the 2007 movie lacks at least half of the discussion and philosophy of the first, making this movie less substantial than the 1995 one. Therefore, if we consider only the Quality Content rating (not the Moral Content rating) I would recommend watching that a person looking for a visual of the romantic buildup and beauty watch the 2007 movie, and a person looking for a visual of the philosophy and moral to watch the 1995 one. I believe girls and women twelve to adult would like this movie best.
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 2/5 Suggestive Content: A naked statue of what I believe was a man can be seen once, though the bare legs are completely shown, none of the private area is. There is brief artwork that shows shirtless men and a woman’s bare shoulder. Many dresses are partially low, and one woman is seen in her under dress, though in comparison to many movies set in this era, most of the dresses were more modest than usual. It is mentioned in speech that a man plans to have a woman made his mistress after he is already married. Men kiss women’s hands. There is one friendship kiss on the cheek between girls.
Violence: ½/5 Light Violence: Men talk about guns and hunting one or two times each, and shoot gunshots into the air at least twice.
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 2/5 Some Misuse: God’s name is taken in vain at least three times.
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 2/5 Some Emotional and Disturbing Content: A girl jumps from a ledge, causing her to be in a coma for many days. She eventually comes out of it, and little of the event besides her fall is shown. Some blood stains her hat. A boy falls out of a tree and his shoulder is dislocated. Viewers can hear the crack as the shoulder is put back into place. There is discussion of people that have died before the movie began, and a man is in a slight depression from the death of his fiancée. Characters cry a few times from relationship drama. A woman is a hypochondriac and claims to be always ill, though she probably isn’t.
Religious Issues: ½/5 Brief Mention: A mentioned man is mentioned at least once in conversation to be a curate. A woman is mentioned to be a godmother.
Magic: 0/5 None
Others: Characters dance twice.
Overall: 2/5 Children Appropriate: As a whole, this movie is a bit cleaner than the 1995 one. I would recommend the movie morally to children ten and older.