Posted on 11/12/05 10:00 PM
Just got home from P and P. It was an enjoying two hours. Keira did manage to make a good Lizzie. Though I do think it still could not come close to capturing the rapture that was the 1995 A and E version.
The main actors did all right by their characters I think. Keira and McFaddyn did well as Lizzie and Mr. D'Arcy. Donald Sutherland made a great Mr. Bennett, well a more dignified one anyway.
What struck me most was how much Mr. Wickham looked like Orlando Bloom with blue eyes and Mr.D'Arcy looked like a taller and younger John Cusack. It was striking, and distracting.
The movie also felt rushed even when it tried to slow down by using long scenes of just music, and scenery. I think that time could have been better used for material. There were so many good lines not used.
It was strange, but as I was watching it I kept thinking I was watching "Little Women" rather than Pride and Prejudice.
Perhaps it was the proposal in the rain. But somehow the story felt more American than British even though it was filmed in the English countryside.
I must say my favorite bit was Mr. Bingly (choice of casting did not impress) who when he proposed to Jane made that comment about being an ass.
No need to rush to theatres to see it, but do enjoy it. No it is not the 1995 version, but it is still good. Comparing them is like comparing gold silver, so really it is better to enjoy each metal for it's own virtue because I doubt any of my generation will be able to surpass the A and E version, and this one was night enough to not even try.