Persuasion ★★

I am of the mindset that, when adapting a book to screen, changing certain things isn't always a bad thing. Oftentimes, it can be necessary. However, when your changes ultimately diminish what makes the story special, then it becomes trickier. Netflix's Persuasion attempts to make Austen's last novel modern and accessible for 2022 audiences, but it instead leaves the romance feeling hollow and the dialogue clunky. I'm all for applying modern themes to classic tales, but when the only way you can do that is by having your heroine drink wine straight from the bottle and insist she is "thriving," then it doesn't really work.

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