Pride and Prejudice – New But Not Improved
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. -- Jane Austen
I am so behind with movies. This never used to be the case. Lately it seems to take me three nights to get through one film--completely destroys the pace.
I just saw King Kong last week (stupid, stupid, stupid. Jurassic Park with a monkey). Tonight I finally saw the latest adaptation of my beloved Pride and Prejudice. I was a little afraid to watch it, thinking I’d hate it compared to the BBC version (the definitive P&P). There is no comparison, but I thought this version was pretty damn good. It was faithful to the novel. The ballroom scene and the scenes at Pemberly and Rosings were beautiful.
I wasn’t sure about this Darcy at first, but I warmed up to him. Of course, he doesn’t hold a candle to Colin Firth's Darcy with that stern countenance and the underlying smouldering emotion. Kiera Knightly is a magnetic Elizabeth Bennett (except I don’t believe everyone thought Jane was prettier than she). I love the scene where Lizzie shuts down Lady Catherine, played by an appropriately formidable Judi Dench.
What’s up with Bingley’s hair? He doesn’t have bad hair in the novel.
If you’re looking for more good Austen adaptations, check out Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility and the Gywneth Paltrow Emma. The Bollywood, Bride and Prejudice, is lots of fun.
Now if I could only get a chance to see Brokeback Mountain. Am I the only one who hasn’t yet?