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Film Review: Pride and Prejudice

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4/ 5

I wasn’t so pumped to see this film, based on the classic novel by Jane Austen, simply because I had seen other films based on the novel in the past few years, so the story wasn’t fresh: Bridget Jones’ Diary, Bride and Prejudice and the BBC mini-series. But this new version is one of the best films of the year, in a year with so few great films and dwindling audiences. The theatre was packed.

This may be Keira Knightley‘s (20) best film and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some Oscar talk about her role.

Matthew MacFadyen (31) plays the dour Mr. Darcy, who refuses to smile or act with any warmth around people, but for me, the definitive Mr. Darcy was Colin Firth, who was in the BBC production and the Bridge Jones film. The Mr. Collins character, played by Tom Hollander, made me think of Jim from the Martha Stewart version of The Apprentice. But he wasn’t as funny the Mr. Kohli character from the Bride and Prejudice film. Still, Mr. Collins’ dialogue as he professes his love to Elizabeth will have you in stitches. Doe-eyed Rosamund Pike (26) , last seen the nassty fencer / double agent in the last Bond film, is a credible Jane Bennet, eldest and most striking of the five Bennet sisters.

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Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFayden) and Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods)

For me, every aspect of the film was convincing. The cast was strong. Donald Sutherland was terrific as the laid back Bennet father, while Brenda Blethyn excelled as the busy body Mrs. Bennett, constantly trying to play matchmaker. Those who have read the book will have an easier time following the story. If you enjoy romantic period films, this is one worth watching. It does fall short of the sheer charm of Emma (1996) and Sense and Sensebility (1995), two other Austen films.

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Almost weekly, Triniman catches new movies, and adds one or two CDs to his collection. Due to time constraints, he blogs about only 5% of the CDs, books and DVDs that he purchases. Holed up in the geographic centre of North America, the cultural mecca of Canada, and the sunniest city north of the 49th, Winnipeg, Triniman blogs a bit when he's not swatting mosquitoes, shoveling snow or golfing.
  • Nice review. I’ve been a bit on the fence on this one, although I too have enjoyed the prior versions of the story (and the modern updates). But I expect I’ll have to see it, just for the heck of it.

    Of course, it doesn’t open in my part of the U.S. for almost two weeks yet. 🙂

  • If you see it, let us know what you thought about it. I wonder if it will get an Oscar nods.