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Written by Carolyn P
(8/20/2013 10:18 p.m.)
Since the last time I saw it was during its original airing, this is what strikes me the most about it: So much of the dialogue is focused on explaining the story. For a seasoned reader of the novel, it's blatantly obvious. But if I was someone who hadn't read the novel before, it would be necessary to understand the backstory, particularly why the ex showing up is such a big deal.
A few other observations: Admiral and Mrs. Croft look so much older than Wentworth, and he doesn't look entirely like someone who's been at sea and at war for years. But with respect to the latter, I'll live. Unlike P2, he isn't in uniform at any point in the movie, which I understand is correct. Are things moved around? Yep. Is there a proposal at the concert? Yep. Is the end tinkered with to the point it's unrecognizable versus the novel? Yep. Is Mrs. Smith ambulatory just before the sprint? Yep. Can't they just kiss already? Yep.
To sum up, I'd say that it's focused on the viewer who hasn't read the novel, with the hope that there is enough depth of feeling, mainly through looks between Wentworth and Anne, to placate those who have.
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