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Pride and Prejudice

It was different and yet so familiar.

Mr R and I went to see the new Pride and Prejudice a few days ago. This latest adaption of Jane Austen’s most popular novel stars Keira Knightley (Bend it like Beckham), Matthew MacFadyen, Judi Dench , Donald Sutherland. P&P is one of my all time favorite books and I was looking forward to seeing my favorite characters on the screen again.

This version, I think, was shot with much love – the colors and scenery of England have been captured beautifully. The photography was fabulous as was the music. It must have been hard to capture the essence of the book in 2 hours, which is where, I must admit, I came back feeling a little cheated.

I dare say I was a little prejudiced myself, having read the book innumerable times and then having watched a few weeks earlier (for the nth time!), with rapture, the BBC Drama version of the novel starring the very yummy Colin Firth. Viewers in India might remember this – it was broadcast quite frequently at one time and then the Indian version (much before Bride and Prejudice) called ‘Trishna’ made its appearance.

Firth played Mr Darcy in the BBC Series and this was the role that catapulted him to stardom. And what a role! Millions of girls and women skipped a heart beat (or two) watching that famous lake scene (sadly, not included in the new movie). By that time in the plot, all female viewers (and readers) were in love with him!

Mr Darcy’s character personifies the ‘tall, dark and handsome’ stereotype. In my analysis to Mr R, I explained my theory that ‘dark’ in that sentence above does not refer to the color of skin or physical attributes, but rather to the character – brooding, intense, melancholy and dangerous. Colin Firth is embedded forever in that role and although Matthew MacFadyen does justice to the character, he is not brooding and awkward enough. But he was a good choice for the role anyway.

Watch a trailer of the film here. I’m off to the library to see if I can get my hands on a copy of the book again. The rest of my reading list can wait for a day 🙂

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A site for Jane Austen fans: www.pemberley.com . Read about all her books here.
PS: Pemberley is the name of Mr Darcy’s home.
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One comment on “Pride and Prejudice

  1. Some time in early 2005, I visited a place “Basildon Park” in Berkshire county … and there they had put up notices saying that some portions of the then-yet-to-be-released movie “Pride & Prejudice” had been shot at that heritage-house.

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