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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT

What a movie. What a story. What characters. What gifted actors. What wonderful directing. What beautiful muisic. No need to say more except I have seen this movie about 40 times since I rented it when it first came out on DVD when I was in my late 50's. Loved everythin...
What a movie. What a story. What characters. What gifted actors. What wonderful directing. What beautiful muisic. No need to say more except I have seen this movie about 40 times since I rented it when it first came out on DVD when I was in my late 50's. Loved everything about P & P even the extras on the DVD disk. My #1 favorite movie.

posted by bs99 on October 1, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Mediocre adaptation

I should start out by saying that I really wanted to like this version of Pride and Prejudice. And I did find things to like: the music is lovely, the costuming is rather well done, and the photography is beautiful. But the film is a stagy melodrama.

There is almost ...
I should start out by saying that I really wanted to like this version of Pride and Prejudice. And I did find things to like: the music is lovely, the costuming is rather well done, and the photography is beautiful. But the film is a stagy melodrama.

There is almost nothing of Jane Austen there. The language is parsed and pared, words converted whenever possible to their "modern" counterpart---heaven forfend we use "manner" instead of "way"! And there isn't any proper Regency behavior in sight. Since when are young men allowed in rooms with unmarried young ladies in their nightrail? What on earth is Lady Catherine doing at Longbourn in the middle of the night? And why would an avid walker like Miss Elizabeth go outside barefoot in the damp, early morning? She should know better.

I felt the entire time that I was supposed to be watching a Great Romance but that I was so aware of its Great Romance-ness that I couldn't actually sit back and enjoy it. It was as though the director and the screenwriters were jumping up and down yelling, "Ooh! Ooh! This is an important part!" Every time I was ready to feel something with these characters, I'd be jolted into awareness that they were merely filmed actors.

I wanted to wince with Elizabeth at Collins' proposal. Instead, all I could think of was that camera zoom on the wildflower in his hand. Why is the flower important, I wonder? I wanted to feel Elizabeth's horror at Darcy's declaration. I wanted to feel Darcy's nervousness and passion. Instead, it was all I could do to keep a grip on what they were shouting at one another. I wanted to feel Elizabeth's regret and awakening to her own vanity and pride, but instead I was left wondering why she's staring at herself in the dark: she hasn't even received Darcy's letter yet. I laughed when Jane's letter was read! Which was their intention. But I don't know why it was their intention! And when Elizabeth seemed deepest in despair, I rolled my eyes. For is despair limited to the English moors? And must there be mist on those moors? And when they declared their love? I wondered why they were in love. I wondered when it had happened. Did I miss it?

These characters were supposed to have grown and changed. But Elizabeth doesn't seem aware of her own faults, and Darcy seems just as proud and difficult to like as he was in the beginning. The whole ending scene seems awkward and abrupt because it shows an Elizabeth and Darcy we should've seen all along. I know some of this can be traced to the fact that the film is only two hours long, but I've seen impressively complex and emotional stories told in the same amount of time. This one just fails to impress.

posted by slimikin on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only watch once or twice

    The first time I saw this, it was very good in my eyes. The music was lovely. The costumes were beautiful. And the story was the same breathtaking story I knew. However, as I watched it a second and a third and yet a fourth time, I started noticing some flaws that really bothered me... such as the lack of propriety or unseemly behaviour of some of the supposedly prim and proper characters. What also struck me as odd was that Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightly) never wore a hat! How strange and not very modest of her! I absolutely detest the ending: it is highly ridiculous and much too modern. I think they should have deleted that final scene in front of the lake. My favorite parts have to be the dancing scenes; I do think they are very pretty! <BR/>Watch this film once and you will have a very good impression of it as a whole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A major recomposition of the story.

    I was watching through this the other day, and I felt that this work was one of the worst portrayals of the story. The story is there, in bits and pieces if you look hard enough,"Mr Darcy isn't the Mr Darcy of old!" he is far to artistic and not enough of an aristocrat, and things just go downhill from there.The artistry and look of the film is beautiful,but there isn't enough of the original story left (like one reviewer said,)it is a cliffnotes version of it. I would say that you should try some of the BBC versions of the Jane Austen films. The English actors do a far better job of portraying the neccesary elements of these films than when it is transplanted to the American equivalent.Glitz and glamour may be enjoyable,(but the heart still has to remain)in order for it to be worthwhile.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Decent.

    I thought this movie was very entertaing and did a good job of capturing the comedy of the novel. However, I must admit that I was somewhat disappointed in the romance. Mr. Darcy's character was not so proud as in the novel, nor was Elizabeth as intelligent. Both actors did well with their parts, but the final product was not equivalent to the A&E version. But I absolutely loved their interpretation of Darbyshire - impressive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Film, but characters lacked chemistry.

    This movie is beautifully set and filmed, but I didn't feel any chemistry at all between the characters (it seems like I'm the only one though). I've seen most versions of Pride & Prejudice and this one had the worst Darcy. I didn't buy into him. All the other actors in this film were excellent though. Overall it is worth seeing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    P&P fan!

    Being a huge Jane Austen fan I couldn't wait to see this movie when it hit the theaters. I was, however, somewhat disappointed. Having already seen the BBC mini-series version, I expected more. I understand the need to keep the movie a reasonable length, but I couldn't get over the missing characters and the entire sections that were missing from the book. While I enjoyed the story, the original will always be the best!

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