Despite my misgivings (not only about the film) I went out this evening to see Pride and Prejudice.
While I will not dispute that it was a cinematic wonder, I will say that, for me at least, Matthew MacFadyen (he of Spooks) made a CRAPPY Darcy. I don’t know if I have been spoiled by the BBC mini-series or something, but Colin Firth is far superior.
It starts with clips of the countryside, and Lizzie Bennet (played by Keira Knightley) walking along reading a book…I couldn’t help feeling that there should have been some kind of narration, especially for the “It is a truth universally acknowledged…” line.
Keira Knightley is starting to get a mild case, in my opinion, of over-exposure. She’s in everything or at least that is the way it seems currently.
The film is filled with girlish giggling (as is the book really), and Mrs Bennet is played wonderfully by Brenda Blethyn (from Saving Grace), a desperate woman who is obviously a manic depressive, emotionally unstable, her moods up and down like a yoyo.
Mr Bingley was played by someone called Simon Woods (who I don’t recognise at all, but he would have made a very good fop!), and he (as the character) appeared to be missing a sister and a brother-in-law. I can’t help wondering why they trim bits out like this when it is a book that more generations have read than they have read Harry Potter. Needless to say my friend laughed when I said (at the end of the film) “But they missed some characters out!”
My real gripe had to be that Matthew MacFadyen resembles Alistair McGowan (for people who have no idea who I am talking about here is a picture) with a prosthetic nose on his face. Everytime he strode across the screen and said his lines too fast in a very empty and extremely un-sexy voice I had to bite my lip to hold back the giggles…
My overall judgement of the film is that it was good but as with everything that is adapted from something else, the cast could have been rejigged a bit and been a lot better (especially Darcy – Colin Firth where are you when we need you?).
I will give the film one (1) thumb up…it wasn’t overly long but they missed bits and changed bits that didn’t need changing, it seemed just so they could fit in more pretty English countryside.
Feel free to disagree (in fact, if you do please post 🙂 I love reading the opinions of others)…