by Netflix Persuasion one minute. Released on July 15, the film was panned by critics and gutted by Jane Austen fans. Still, it’s still ranked in Netflix’s Top 10.
At the center of the commotion is Dakota Johnson’s Anne Elliot. The character’s brave spirit is paired with costumes inspired by Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and Audrey Hepburn in Netflix’s new unconventional adaptation of Jane Austen. Persuasion.
Why Netflix’s “Persuasion” is so different
Like the last of Austen’s novels, Persuasion is often set apart from the rest of the author’s works. Austen’s early heroines from her most popular books (Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and sensitivity) are all young and brave. But Persuasion‘s Elliot is more reserved and mature.
Elliot is considered past his prime at 27. She is far more burdened with her responsibility to her family than her boy-crazed predecessors. This lends itself to a much more serious character.
by Netflix Persuasionhowever, gives up much of who Elliot is supposed be. Johnson’s Elliot is far from reserved. She boldly breaks the fourth wall to speak to the viewer in asides that are sometimes downright sarcastic. His character draws serious comparisons to the hit series, Flea bag.
The consensus among critics and Austenites was largely negative. Interestingly, the movie has been in Netflix’s coveted Top 10 since its release. This proves that audiences are in fact drawn to the film’s bold style despite the negative reviews.
Dress Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot from Persuasion
When creating the look for Johnson’s new heroine, costume designer Marianne Agertoft was inspired by legendary singers Patti Smith and Debbie Harry as well as classic movie star Audrey Hepburn.
“Anne is quite a complex character and after reading the script I read quite a bit of Patti Smith and thought about this look,” Agertoft told Vogue. “It seemed to connect with Anne’s intellectual side, but Anne also has a more adventurous side,” the designer continues, “which I think was more Debbie Harry.” Finally, Agertoft says, “There’s also something about her that looks a bit like Audrey Hepburn.”
Netflix’s new adaptation includes audiences in Elliot’s inner dialogue as he breaks through the fourth wall. But Agertoft points out, “Austen’s characters internalize a lot of their emotions, so it didn’t feel right for us to do anything too stylized or go overboard.”
The designer says a lot of the inspiration for the costume came from interpreting the character’s attitude and how each actor tried on their clothes. “So with Dakota as Anne, her chunky boots have something of Debbie Harry, the shirt is quite Patti Smith, and you see Audrey Hepburn in those dainty-shouldered jackets,” Agertoft explained.
Dakota Johnson as Madame Web enters the Spider-Verse
Leaving behind the Regency era for the Spider-Verse, Johnson will next appear as a lead in Sony Madame Web. If little is known about the plot, Madame Web is a character born in comics.
As Marvel explains, Madame Web (aka Cassandra Webb) “suffered a lifetime of blindness and many years of neurological deterioration due to myasthenia gravis; she compensated with her deep psychic abilities, establishing herself as a medium.
The web comic storyline is quite complex and includes aging and aging, telepathy, power theft, and multiple spider women. It’s hard to say which direction Sony will take Johnson’s Madame Web. However, new footage from set shows Johnson in Spider-Woman Julia Carpenter’s red leather jacket. No matter what century Johnson portrays, she does it in style.
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