Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Posted: October 29, 2005 in movie

I’ve been waiting for this movie for quite some time now… for reasons that (a) it is one of my all time favourite stories, (b) I’m a fan of Keira Knightley (Yes I am… Please forgive me…) and (c) I’m keen on comparing it to the older 5 part series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.

First I would like to start off by saying that I am rather disappointed by the movie… I was really looking forward to it but the movie did not deliver… So unless you’re a movie buff or you particularly like one of the actors… it certainly won’t be your cup-a-tea… The main feature of the movie is fast paced story telling so as to not bored the audience to sleep and it may very well have happened with poor performances from most of the cast… more on that… This is done by swift movements of the cameras and fast paced conversations… I dare say that the casting for the movie was poorly done… Don’t get me wrong there are a few known names amongst them Donald Sutherland, Rosamund Pike (Bond Girl), Jena Malone, Judi Dench, and of course our dear friend Miss Knightley… but they were just not very convincing besides Donald Sutherland who plays Mr. Bennet, and even though Keira Knightley did an exceptional job at holding up the main role of Elizabeth Bennet, she was just way too skinny and not plain looking enough (and not forgetting she flashes her all-too-well-known grin too often)… However these are the two people who held up the movie… The role of Mr. Darcy was played by Matthew MacFadyen whom I’ve never heard of before (have you?) lacked the charm to play the role I would say but he is rather “dashing” so I’m willing to over-look that… Simon Woods who plays Mr. Bingley was the worst… I really did not like the way he portrayed his character… There is one aspect which I think this 2005 version did better than the 1995 one… I think the chemistry between Elizabeth and Darcy was better in this one… Otherwise the 1995 one is a much better choice is you want to skip the reading part and head straight for the video…

Alternatively for a more lighthearted, slightly altered and bedazzled version of the story… you should try Bride and Prejudice… which stars Bollywood superstar and “The Most Beautiful Woman In The World” Aishwarya Rai and super cute Martin Henderson… You’ll definitely get a laugh out of this version plus the extra entertainment of it being a Bollywood style musical… I highly recommend it… Cheers…


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