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post #21 of 278
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Originally Posted by MangoMamma
I agree the movie wasn't the greatest. I don't agree with some of the director's interpretations. I do think that was an amazing Mr. Darcy. That actor really nailed it. I dare say he was better than Colin Firth. Plus he was incredibly handsome. I love the ending scene too.
Ok, I just have to totally disagree here. He was not better than Colin Firth. :

Colin Firth is Mr. Darcy, he just is. I have read the book at least fifty times... oh heck, probably several hundred times if you count just jumping around to the juicy parts.

And that ending scene embarrassed me, though the scenery was gorgeous. OK, I admit, the scenery was gorgeous.
post #22 of 278
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Originally Posted by mata
Clive Owen as Mr. Darcy-now, that would be great casting-I don't think I could handle it though.
Now thats an idea I could get behind.... mmmmm Love me some Clive.

I have heard several people say that Colin is too starchy and one even said that he creeped her out. Of course P&P3 was their first exposure to the story. MM played Dracy as shy and at times socially uncertain, shyness is not a moral and substential weakness in the sense pride and prejudice are, and I think that the point of the book is that he is supposed to undergo a material improvement, to become more humble and tolerant to others, otherwise neither the title nor Elizabeth's attitude make much sense.

Mata, I agree with your KK assessment. Sure she is cute, but she lacks Lizzy-ness. Its another thing that annoys me about this version. It turns the Bennents into for all practical purposes paupers, they were not as affluent as the Darcy/DeBourgs but they appeared practically crude.

Call me a purist but I felt the film lacked historical accuracy and was not a true rendition of the novel.
post #23 of 278
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Mata, I agree with your KK assessment. Sure she is cute, but she lacks Lizzy-ness. Its another thing that annoys me about this version. It turns the Bennents into for all practical purposes paupers, they were not as affluent as the Darcy/DeBourgs but they appeared practically crude.
I totally agree with this (although I truly enjoyed Donald Sutherland's portrayal and I thought Jena Malone was nothing to sneeze at). In fact, my mom said something about them being poor and I got snippy with her, pointing out that they were, in fact, fairly affluent, just not of the McBank Account size the Darcys and Bingleys were.
post #24 of 278
I have to say the BBC version will never be outdone

I saw th enew movie, twice. Wasn't too impressed. I mean, it was beautiful I'll give it that. But I love it how the BBC movies delve into the characters. i love sense and sensibility too.

I could not watch this new movie over and over. Besides that, I miss the old characters and I can't stand Keirra Knightly. It's something about her face. I don't know. She is pretty, but I don't know.............I have to be able to relate to elizabeth bennet. I just couldn't in the new movie.

That last scene was nauseating, even for a romantic.
post #25 of 278
I enjoyed the portrayal of the marriage of the Bennetts better in the film version. In the BBC version, the husband was almost openly contemptuous of his wife. But in the film, it was a bit kinder and gentler.

I don't understand how anyone could consider Colin Firth to be creepy in this film. WTF? Yes, CF has had several creepy roles in other pix, like Valmont, just to name one.

Did anyone see the Brigette Jones Diary DVD that had Brigette Jones interviewing Colin Firth about Pride and Prejudice?
post #26 of 278
Am I the only one who has seen the old b&w Laurence Olivier/Greer Garson version, but not the A&E or BBC versions?

I actually love the Laurence Olivier version as a movie in its own right, even though it's just a silly/cleaned-up/funny version as opposed to an accurate version.

I thought they did a really good job with this new version. I was surprised how much I liked it. I was actually afraid that I wouldn't like this version because I would be comparing it to the Olivier version! They are so completely different from each other though. The new one is so much more true-to-life. When I think about the old one now, it's actually a little embarassing! Because it's so less true to life and less true to the book than the new one.

I didn't even mind Keira Knightly. (Although there IS something about her face, isn't there? An over bite or an under bite or something). But I actually thought she did a good job with the role. I was really afraid I wouldn't like Mr. Darcy, but I thought he did a good job too! The only ones I was disappointed with were the Bingleys, who luckily aren't terribly important characters to me. Miss Bingley always seemed to be reciting her lines. And I thought they overdid it a little with how nonintellectual Mr. Bingley is.


ETA: I love the scene when they're all lying around in a messy room, and Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley come to the door, and they run around cleaning up the room, and Darcy and Bingley walk in and they're all sitting there perfectly!
post #27 of 278
Oh, man that last scene in the new version was one of the MOST romantic scenes I have EVER seen in a movie!! I know it wasn't in the book, but still..Sigh..It was awesome..

I saw the new one first then I rented the A&E version a couple of weeks ago when I was recovering from oral sugery..I like both versions..I like the a&e version b/c it was more true to the book..But it felt forced at times and I'm sorry but that Jane just was NOT the beauty she was supposed to be in the book..

I loved the new version as well..It was very beautifully set and I thought Kiera Knightly did a great job..There was a tomboyishness and silliness about her that suited Elizabeth well!

And I loooooved Matthew McFadyen! Sigh..He is beautiful!!! That last scene..Be still me heart..
post #28 of 278
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Originally Posted by inezyv
Did anyone see the Brigette Jones Diary DVD that had Brigette Jones interviewing Colin Firth about Pride and Prejudice?
If I remember correctly, in the Bridget Jones Diary book (the second one), she is obsessed with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. I don't know how they represented this in the movie, if they even did because I haven't seen it.

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Originally Posted by inezyv
In the BBC version, the husband was almost openly contemptuous of his wife. But in the film, it was a bit kinder and gentler.
In the book, Mr. Bennett is openly contemptuous of his wife. The BBC/A&E versions are true to the book.
post #29 of 278
Oh, Rubyred, you might enjoy the BJ Diary DVDs. The interview was very hot and was in the "bonus material."
post #30 of 278
I saw the 1st one, and I love it. Hey, it has Colin Firth in it! Haven't gotten around to the 2nd one yet. I tried to read the book, but couldn't get all the way through. I should look into renting it. That's one movie I had forgotten about. You know, it came out and I didn't make it to the theater, then it came out for rental, I rented it, but never get to watch it for some reason or another. But my spring class just ended, so I have the summer free. Thanks!
post #31 of 278
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I don't understand how anyone could consider Colin Firth to be creepy in this film
I think she was referring to the way he would looked at Lizzy. She felt he was being creepy and gawking.. her quotes. IMNSHO, her opinion was a result of seeing the latest version prior to reading the novel or seeing the Firth. Feeling that Darcy was just shy. So Firths confidence, pride and haughtiness gave her the creeps. shrug!

Rubyred is correct... Mr Bennet was very contemptuous. He was a direct reflection of his creators whit. It is the subtlties of JA's P&P that are so absent in the new version. It really is a poor reflection of the novel.

Sustainer, I too have seen the Olivier version. And yes, as a movie on its own, it was a good romp.
post #32 of 278
Well, all I could think of the Mr. Bingley was that he looked like he stepped right off a shoot for a Jcrew magazine. It was just too comical for me. Like that part when he is sitting on the couch laughing, so dumb...

And yes, Keirra seems to have issues holding her jaw in the right place. Someone should tell her it doesn't look as sexy as she thinks.lol

Mrs Bennet in the BBC version is probably my favorite character. She is just so over the top with her "nerves" I love it.
post #33 of 278
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Originally Posted by rubyred
If I remember correctly, in the Bridget Jones Diary book (the second one), she is obsessed with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. I don't know how they represented this in the movie, if they even did because I haven't seen it.



In the book, Mr. Bennett is openly contemptuous of his wife. The BBC/A&E versions are true to the book.
But I thought the BBC version portrayed it in a soft light. He seemed to obviously care for his wife, but since they had been marrried so long, he seemed civil in putting up with her/tolerating her quirks. The new version made them seem more distant to me.
post #34 of 278
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Originally Posted by Leilalu
But I thought the BBC version portrayed it in a soft light. He seemed to obviously care for his wife, but since they had been marrried so long, he seemed civil in putting up with her/tolerating her quirks. The new version made them seem more distant to me.
Is the BBC version the same as the A&E? Because there is a PBS version that I thought was from the BBC from awhile back.

Anyway, in the A&E (Colin Firth) version, yeah, I think the relationship was portrayed in a humorous light. He still shows disdain toward her. I just think she isn't intelligent enough to see it that way.

Now, I haven't seen the Keira version, so I can't comment.

But in the book, I think he really regrets marrying her and somewhere isn't there a comment about how he fell for her looks without regard to her personality. He doesn't much interact with her except to give her grief. Most of the time he's in his study, alone. I am not sure in the book he ever really cared for her. In my opinion, he doesn't care for her at all during the time that passes in the book.
post #35 of 278
it's that jaw.

and i suppose i will have to rent bridget jones again, must see the interview.
post #36 of 278
I figured pout the reason I like the version with colin firth is because he acts like my dh. Like, that part where he is standing at the window watching lizzy play with the dog,(I think thats it) he puts his hand balled up into somewhat of a fist up to his mouth. My dh does that all the time!

Can you tell I've seen it a gazillion times?
post #37 of 278
I think the bonus material was in the Edge of Reason (the BJ sequel).
post #38 of 278
ahhh, thanks.
post #39 of 278
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Originally Posted by inezyv
I felt that the new Pride and Prejudice was an insult to Colin Firth. I was really outraged by it, but of course, I have seen it three times, just to make sure. There were things I liked about the new movie better.

LOL!!!

Well, since my family has WHOOPING COUGH, and can't go to school or work for several days, it looks like we have time to make these comparisons. I'm thinking, though, that this new Mr. Darcy (whoever said smouldering....that was right on. Oh my, walking across the mist-covered field....that image could live in my dreamworld for quite some time). I can't imagine Colin doing for me what MM does.

I really, really like the new version. I know it is shorter and alters the story line somewhat; but I LIKE KK's Elizabeth. I think she is sassy and witty.

I'll let you know what I think about the A&E version.
post #40 of 278
Tiger Tail, I love your Location!! You've inspired me! I think I'll just live out my P&P fantasy with Colin at Pemberley.
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