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!