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Persuasion Movie 2022

Jane Austin fans are not happy with the “sassy” representation of “Persuasion”. Take it from someone who is an avid reader yet could not make it through first few pages of her books. Jane Austin books make for a slow read. Although, I am not sure if it was “Pride and Prejudice” or “Sense and Sensibility” that I tried to read back in my Intermediate days. It was no wonder I abandoned these books since they did not match the fast paced books like Harry Potter and Dan Brown books I was reading those days.

Of course, at that age people are known to have less patience than in their 30s. So I am going to give these books another try.

To the unhappy lot who feel this movie should not be “sassy” – stories like these (no matter how important it is to be told) will not hold interest if the makers go with the original tone of the book.

I enjoyed the entire story which Dakota Johnson pulled off effortlessly except for the last but one scene. The fake tears while she read the letter from Fredrick did not do justice to the scene.

I recommend people of all age groups to watch this movie. My reasons why everyone should watch it:

  • This story shows how people around you (immediate family and friends) become tone deaf while talking about their problem with you.
  • This story was set in the early 19th century and yet the women didn’t shy away from talking strongly about “marrying for love”. And we are living in the 21st century and we all know how Indian society is still backwards when it comes to love marriages.
  • Apart from the above statement, the protagonist also says: “Don’t let anyone tell you how to live your life”. While this statement resounded in my head when I was watching this movie – now that I am thinking about it: our whole lives, we are told how/what to do with our lives. Not because it makes us happy, but because it is what is expected from us. If you fail to follow through, you will be treated as a disappointment within your social circles. No matter how well you are doing for yourself.

I am hoping that this movie brings some kind of awareness in certain age groups.

Saudhamini Mylaram

HR by profession. Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do apart from gardening, cooking and driving.

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