Same job, different uniform.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Happy thought indeed

I've just returned from the new version of "Pride and Prejudice," and I can't wipe the smile off my face.

Kiera Knightley charms as Ms. Bennet, and Jane is actually prettier than Elizabeth, as it is written in the book. Mr. Collins is laughable, but very different than the Mr. Collins from the A & E version. Judi Dench is superb as always, and Brenda Blethyn is perfectly cast. Unfortunately, Jena Malone is in the movie, possibly one of the most obnoxious actresses EVER, but as she plays Lydia, the sister you love you hate, it works out okay.

I didn't like actress who plays Caroline Bingley, and definitely prefer the father from the other version to Donald Sutherland, but he also does a good performance.

At the beginning I kept comparing it to the other version (which is still, of course, the better of the two movies), but by the end I was so enraptured I began seeing it as its own film. And while this Mr. Darcy is no Colin Firth, you still love him. Towards the end there were scenes I didn't like as well as other parts of the movie, but they were easy to look past.

It separates itself from the A & E version by being a completely different movie, with a completely different feel, but still stays true to the book. It probably shows a more realistic view of the Bennets' lives, by showing how common their lives were.

Yes, I am eating my words. I loved the new "Pride and Prejudice."

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