I have to admit that when I first saw this adaptation of Persuasion I did not like it at all. All I could remember about it was Amanda Roots deer in headlights look throughout the entire movie. I was sorry that I purchased the DVD. I decided to watch it again a few weeks later and the second time was the charm. I enjoy watching this version of Persuasion now. I find the storyline of this version is easier to follow than the 2007 version. Everyone of the supporting cast did a great job as well. This version I find to be much more moving than the 2007 movie.
Ciaran Hinds is perfect as Captain Frederick Wentworth. He has the windswept look of a man who has spent years at sea. Some people feel that Ciaran was too old to play Captain Wentworth. At the time that this movie was filmed Ciaran was ten years older than what Captain Wentworth would be at the time he returned from the sea. The ten-year difference does show and I found it to be a little disconcerting when I watched this the first time. Now it doesn’t bother me.
The supporting cast is also very good. Sophie Thompson who plays Anne’s married sister Mary Musgrove does a superb job. Mary is jealous of Anne and she is also eccentric.