Director: Carrie Cracknell
Year Released: 2022
Despite being wholly in love with sailor Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis), Anne Elliot (Dakota Johnson) is "coerced" to end her relationship with him because he isn't wealthy; many years later she's still single, her spendthrift father Walter (Richard E. Grant) is forced to lease out their home to Admiral Croft (Stewart Scudamore), Wentworth reappears ... and then sly widower Mr. William (Henry Golding) arrives on the scene to seduce Anne (mostly for the inheritance). I recognize there have been numerous complaints that Ms. Johnson was miscast, but the movie's problems are not entirely her fault (she does try): I don't mind the breaking the fourth wall commentary (which several people have compared to Phoebe Waller-Bridge's show Fleabag), but director Cracknell and her screenwriters have misread the text (which is inherently melancholy) to something more "hip" (hence the grating anachronisms) and "sarcastic." Tonal issues aside, it asks the ever so vital question of whether or not you can remain friends with an ex-lover. The answer, of course, is most likely not - there might be exceptions, but if so ... was love really there in the first place?