Sunday, February 01, 2015
Pride and Prejudice 2005
Have to say that I enjoyed it quite a bit and was impressed with how much of the story the filmmakers managed to fit into two hours and nine minutes. I've always found Keira attractive, so that helped, and I thought her somewhat understated performance as Elizabeth Bennet was well done. Rosamund Pike was positively radiant as Jane Bennet. I was also glad to see Sally Sparrow herself, Carey Mulligan show up as Kitty Bennet. Mulligan also appears in an adaptation of my favorite Jane Austen novel, Northanger Abbey.
And speaking of Kitty, during the first ten minutes or so of the film I was a little taken aback by the constant giggling of Kitty and Lydia, but then I decided that the director was trying to show not only the girl's resemblance to their mother, but also the level of discord that Mr. Bennet (Donald Sutherland) had to deal with on a daily basis. The settings of the film are perhaps a bit more realistic than the BBC version, though the subdued lighting sometimes approached the level of a Vermeer painting.
I wasn't familiar with Matthew Macfadyen, who played Mr. Darcy, and though he's no Colin Firth, I thought he did a fine job. All in all, an enjoyable movie for a Sunday afternoon.