Monday, June 30, 2008

P&P

We watch Pride and Prejudice yesterday and it wasn't bad, nobody embarrassed themselves, Matthew Macfadyen as Darcy was very good, in fact, and Judy Dench as Lady de Bourg was as fabulous as ever, but it was no big deal. Trying to cram such a complicated book into a movie means everything feels rushed and since they had cast pretty Big Stars in relatively small roles (Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennet, for instance) the producers apparently felt the need to make them all appealing. Part of the interest in the story is the flaws all the characters have; you remove them and the whole thing deflates a little. Plus it was very Bodice Ripper looking (just cast your peepers on that poster of it below) and that is so very Not Jane Austen. I'd say stick with the 1995 Colin Firth version.

2 comments:

  1. You're right, but Matthew McFadyen makes up for the multitude of this film's sins. Yum.

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  2. But Colin Firth dives into a lake and shows off his wet tantalizing form (horrifying to the Austen purist in me, but gratifying to everything else).

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