Around seven years later, Wentworth returns to England as a decorated member of the Royal Navy, leading to a painful reunion for the former fiancés. It would be a shame to say too much more in case you don't know the story, but Anne certainly goes on a journey.
Directed by Carrie Cracknell, the new movie attempts to update Austen's story in a way that many critics are comparing to Fleabag. Johnson's Anne often talks directly to the camera – much like Phoebe Waller-Bridge's character – and the dialogue has definitely been given a modern gloss.
What is (preemptively) pissing me off about the new Persuasion is that it speaks to a much, much larger problem in adaptations of classics where studios seem to think all these female characters need to be glossed with a zany millennial girlboss patina to become Relevant™️— meha (@chaipters) July 8, 2022
so far i’ve heard the new netflix persuasion has these horrifying lines:— M ✨🔭 (@m_bee4) July 9, 2022
—“It’s often said if you’re a 5 in London, you’re a 10 in Bath.”
—"I'm an empath..."
—“now we’re worse than exes, we’re FRIENDS”
haven’t we as a society suffered enough!?!?!!
I'm not 15 minutes into #PersuasionNetflix and I'm like 🙄😖🙃🤣 This is the most Bridget Jonesy Austin adaptation I have ever seen. "If you are a 5 in London you're a 10 in Bath." 😲 Also the frowny face on this note! I'm taking it as a full comedy from here on. #Persuasion pic.twitter.com/La9n47uHpD— Kwana aka K.M. Jackson (@KwanaWrites) July 16, 2022
While generally not a believer in carceral solutions, I did just see the new PERSUASION and think everyone involved should go to jail for the line about how “It’s often said if you’re a 5 in London, you’re a 10 in Bath.”— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) July 3, 2022