Sunday, October 31, 2010
A Short Jane Austen Actor Love: The 39 Steps
Okay, so my AP students from last year could (sadly) tell you that I have a bit of a crush on Captain Wentworth from Jane Austen's Persuasion. This certifiable crush was sealed when I saw the newest film version with Rupert *sigh* Penry-Jones. Yep. He made my single girl heart go pitter pat. I'm not much for the blondies, but I definitely made an exception from him.
I have to say that this was a great spy thriller, and one that I could easily recommend to just about anyone. Not only did it have one of my favorite leading men in it, but it had action, espionage, and even a romance. Even the romance though was different than I might have expected. The female lead was strong-willed and didn't need to be saved at every turn of the story, and Penry-Jones's lead wasn't as self-assured as a James Bond character might be, but was confused by his role in the espionage. His fears and anxiety over what was happening to himself and could happen to his country had me eager to keep watching. Regardless of any fear Penry-Jones might have displayed through his character, he was still quite the swash-buckling, handsome lead! Also, he somehow managed to be more than a gentleman throughout all the action, which made him even more charming.
Based on the novel The 39 Steps by John Buchan, I can absolutely say that the film version of this novel is a must see! I'm not certain if it will be appearing again on Masterpiece Theater again, but it is well worth an effort to track down if you like spy thrillers or are even a fan of Rupert Penry-Jones. In just under an hour and a half, this is a really great movie to watch!