Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Pride and Prejudice

Last night I stayed up way too late and watched the 2005 rendition of Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley.  The movie was well cast, but I question the directing and screen-writing. 

This film emphasized Elizabeth Bennett and made the movie all about her.  In doing this they made Mr. Darcy boring.  He is supposed to match wits with Elizabeth, but in the movie Elizabeth always has the upper hand.  Mr. Darcy didn't quite come off as a jerk as much as he came off like a bumbling idiot. 

The film is based on a short novel and has been successfully made into a compelling five hour mini-series.  Yet, this version seems to drag.  The plot is accelerated to the point where any storyline other than Elizabeth/Darcy, just loses the viewers interest.  Mr. Collins is a great character, and although I was skeptical at first, the actor cast would have played him well. 

The best part of the movie was casting Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennett.  He nailed the role to a T.

Overall, this movie does not compare to the book or the BBC mini from '95, although Kiera Knightley is very pleasant to look at for 2 hours.

Thank you,

Budd Black

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