Review: Pride & Prejudice (2005)

I know I’m going to take a lot of flak for this, but I didn’t so much care for this film. As a classic film lovin’ gal (much more than a Jan Austen purist), I have a soft spot for the 1940 MGM version (starring one of my favorite actresses, Greer Garson) and I prefer the 1995 mini-series starring Colin Firth is a much more enjoyable version of the book.

Keira Knightley (and her freakishly long neck) continues to fail to impress me with each movie I see her in and Matthew Macfadyen made a pretty dull Darcy. As great screen romances go, I thought the chemistry between them pretty lackluster. The setting was authentic enough but I found the spinney camera work almost as annoying as the giggling, shrieking giddiness of the young Bennet sisters. And would Brenda Blethyn please cease and desist with the jittery, shrill, high-strung roles. She does them well, but enough already!

The whole thing just set me in the mood to queue up the mini-series on my Netflix account for a second viewing. [**1/2 out of 5]

3 thoughts on “Review: Pride & Prejudice (2005)

  1. Yes! Yes! Yes!
    You should add Keira’s annoying mouth to the list of her imperfections.
    My husband thinks she’s really attractive and won’t hear a word said against her. This annoys me as somehow I feel tainted by association.
    I watched it again over Christmas, and for me large parts of this film are now unwatchable because of the way the actors constantly raise their hands to their mouths.
    I blame the director.
    And Donald Sutherland is horribly mis-cast in it.
    I could go on…

  2. Sorry.
    I have watched this film many times.
    I have only just found this site.
    Says something doesn’t it?
    This is a much better film than the bbc drama with the very wooden broom up the bum Colin Firth.
    The character of Darcy is very complex and Matthew MacFadyen played him so very well.
    May be all those who didn’t enjoy it should read the book and see the complexity of Darcy and the romance of the story.
    Please don’t knock Matthew MacFadyen for re creating the part the way Jane Austin expected it to be portrayed.

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