Monday, February 28, 2011
I love watching adaptations of classic works. And I especially enjoy the recent BBC miniseries adaptations. They are all just wonderful. And one the more recent ones I've seen is the 2007 Persuasion. Which as soon as having seen it, I yearned to watch the the 1995 theatrical version that I also heard featured Captain Wentworth in his naval uniform which was never shown in th 2007 miniseries. Though I didn't quite mind. I thought Rupert Penry-Jones had looked dashing enough in his 18 century costumes.
So I finally saw it a few weeks ago. I thought it had a pretty good cast. All very capable in their roles. And not overly pretty, which I kinda find some of the more recent adaptations are guilty off...casting overly good looking actors who also seemed to contemporary and out off place in 18 century England.
I did find that the movie seemed short. Which is funny since its a few minutes longer than the miniseries. Hence I found that the story in this to seem a bit rushed and that I never really learned much about the characters, that we didn't get to spend much time with them. Now I've never read the book, but I did like how the miniseries showed how Anne was always anxious and we could hear her breathing, gasping almost. It gave more gravitas to Anne's current situation. How she could act on her feelings or losing Wentworth again illustrating the urgency of Anne having to make a decision. All of which miniseries did much better I think. With the movie, events went smoother and things simply fell into place. There wasn't really a moment where you kind of doubt if the leads will end up together...which I didn't like.
I think its pretty clear. I enjoyed the miniseries better. Not that this one not good, just that I prefer the former. The scenes I did like in this movie though were the ones in the Musgroves residence, where it was shown Anne had almost everyones confidence, and the scenes in Bath with Anne's widow friend...which added a little humour with the gossiping.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I've been busy a couple of weeks. I'm back. At least for now. Anyhow I recently found the new The Moth Diaries poster...Not sure if its the final one. You can see a larger image of it at All City Media, they even have the rejected version. Like the title font and the choice of colours. Has got a gothic look about it. I've also finished reading the book and am looking forward to see the movie soon.