Monday, May 10, 2010

Pride and Prejudice (no zombies)

This weekend was a "stay in and lounge on the couch" kind of weekend. Because my hubby is so wonderful, he let me pop in my favorite movie, Pride and Prejudice. I think he actually enjoyed it, too! Even though I'm not a huge fan of Keira Knightly (she puckers her mouth too much!!), I liked her as Elizabeth. I think that this version was well cast and I really like the music. The cinematography is really nicely done, too.

I have always heard, though, that the BBC mini-series version of P&P is much, much better. So we decided to give that a try to compare as well.

We didn't make it all the way through. No, not because it's six hours long. I can't put my finger on it, but something just really rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe the girl who plays Elizabeth? Or maybe it's actually Mr. Firth himself. As much as I think he's a jolly, good-natured guy, I don't see him much as a Darcy.

I think I'm going to make many enemies with this post - everyone seems to prefer the BBC version! What's so great about it?


  1. Wow. I couldn't disagree more. Colin Firth, to me, is the perfect Mr. Darcy. Charmingly befuddled and not overly handsome is exactly how I pictured him when I read the book. I agree with you that Keira plays a better Elizabeth, but I still walked out of that movie because they focused on aspects I didn't enjoy. The miniseries I own. I will never own the new one. Though, I do own the new one's soundtrack. Lovely music. :)

  2. I'm with you Erika. What I loved about the new P&P is the fact that they went to the time period in which Jane Austen first wrote the novel-- before she stuck in a drawer for 20 years before publishing it. That and I felt the director and screenwriter really nailed what Austen was trying to convey-- what it's like to be a young woman in love. The BBC one, to me focuses too much on the formalities, the social conventions surrounding falling in love.
    To me, the newer one is the better.

  3. Haha, thanks Jess. I'm glad I'm not getting totally reemed for my humble opinion. I think it's Colin Firth's befuddled-ness (yes, I made that up) that bugs me so much. Firth borders on bumbling fool and that doesn't say Darcy to me. But I'm glad we can all agree the newer one's music is wonderful - I have it on my Ipod right now! So pretty.