Saturday, November 12, 2005

OH, I loved it!

I am a very big Jane Austen fan and really enjoyed the BBC version, but this is nothing like that. They are so different that you really cannot compare them. This is a stunningly filmed movie with rich texture and a very real feel to it. Earthy in parts almost - and vividly portrays the reality of living then. It is not glammed up at all, but still gorgeous.


I was very surprised that I liked Keira Knightly as Elizabeth and Rosamund Pike, who plays Jane, was lovely and charming. Bingley and Mr. Collins were funny and perfect, and Charlotte was lovely and real. I thought all the acting choices from Darcy on down were superb. Darcy was wonderful! Three of the actors in this movie were also in one of my other very favorite period pieces, Wives and Daughters.


It is just a completely different film from the BBC - not better or worse, just very different. It is lovely for what it accomplishes on its own merit. The scenery made me ache – it was so lovely. The very real-life feel this movie had was much much more than I expected.


I will own this one right along with the BBC one and enjoy it just as much – perhaps even a little more! (But don't tell anyone I said that...) :+)


Oh, and I did "Dress Regency" - at least to the best of my 21st Century ability. Picture, hopefully, to be forthcoming. :+)


See it!


JenIG said...

really? i have been nervous to see this version because I feel like nothing could add up to the BBC production. I just watched Vanity Fair by the BBC and while it was stunning, the storyline is such a monumental downer.


underthesky said...

Yes, I agree on Vanity Fair. It was a major downer of a story! P&P though, it was really lovely. :+)


Beth said...

Thanks for the review, and I can't wait to see the pic. of you all ready to go, what a fun night!:-) And my hubby is I think a nice mix of both Leif the Lucky, and his father Eric the Red. We've recently enjoyed reading about them both, fascinating...'Twould be a true rumor, I call him my Viking.;-)

underthesky said...

You are a great sport and it sounds like you have a wonderful man. Your own personal Viking, even!




Anonymous said...

I was nervous about it, too, but I think this is a new classic movie: a two hour version that captures the book. I left wishing I could see it again right then. What did you think of Mr. Bennet, though? ~Anne

underthesky said...

I like Donald Sutherland as an actor so I liked his portrayal. That said, I don't think he was entirely like the book at all. He seemed to play him as mostly unavailable - sort of almost avoiding any situation of difficulty. I did like his portrayal for what it was, but it was different than the other in many ways. What did you think?

What did you think of Wickham? I liked this Wickham much more than the BBC one.


Melkhi said...

I often read the WTM boards (as MKH), though not as much since I've started blogging here. I keep hearing good things about the new P&P and I'll have to go see it. I'll try to keep an open mind about Keira Knightley. Usually her puffy-lipped pout gets on my nerves. :O

Thanks for your comments on my blog.

Anonymous said...

I'm the kind of girl who would have fallen for Wickham, hook, line.... I would have believed his sob story. The new Wickham was one of those pretty men we're seeing so much of in movies now, like Orlando Bloom. Yes, I think he's a good one. Easy to fall for on first sight.

Mr. B is a departure from the book. The book makes it clear that he does not like his wife, and hasn't for some time. He is selfish and distant. The movie makes him just a rather silly eccentric, distracted by orchids, absentminded. He is likeable. I enjoyed his character in the movie, but I don't think you can find this man in the book. So what, one might ask? Here's what: The Bennet's relationship is a picture of the future of Lydia and Wickham. Mr. B married a pretty, but very silly woman and grew to hate her. Ditto Wickham. The movie does give a glimpse of that future.

Maybe the different Mr. B makes a better movie. Maybe Mr. B of the book would have been too much of a downer for the movie. I think changing him, though, robs us of one of the important moral warnings of the book. ~ Anne

underthesky said...

As usual, you are spot-on. I didn't think about that part at all, but you are completely right. I don't know that they were going for the moral aspect of the book though, more like only a romance, and a commentary to some degree on the time period. (Women's roles, Charlotte for example - where she says she is 27 and already a burden to her family, etc.)

The romance in and of itself, was very refreshing in that most "romances" of today's film are only full of inappropriate behavior. So I can settle for a nice romantic film because it was just so beautiful. I will turn to the BBC/A&E one for the moral content, beautiful clean scope, and just darn sweet to watch aspect. :+)

Or, better yet, I will read the book again!