Less hard of a crash yesterday than I expected. After a day of working in the library, I came down at the reasonable hour of 5PM, baked chocolate chip cookies and had dinner with fosteronfilm. Then we watched the Keira Knightly Pride & Prejudice, which I think pretty much wraps up my Jane Austen kick, and I flopped over with a skunk at the respectable bedtime of 10ish. And now I'm back to regular working hours. Well, almost regular working hours. I woke up this morning at 6ish, but that's only a little early for me.
Pride & Prejudice was enjoyable, mostly because of Keira Knightly. The other actors, while adequate, didn't particularly stand out, except for perhaps Judi Dench, who did a nice coldly intimidating and controlling Lady Catherine de Bourg. I was underwhelmed by Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy; Colin Firth he ain't. While Firth's Mr. Darcy pulled off sexy with aplomb, building his appeal from the character's arrogance and pride, I couldn't bring myself to go ga-ga over Macfadyen's portrayal. His Mr. Darcy just came off as unlikable and awkward, which pretty much kills the romance aspect.
Still, Keira Knightly is adorable.
- The May Apex Online is now live with my featured writer interview and "Only Springtime When She's Gone" for reading perusal/pleasure.
In the book, Mr. Darcy can be very unlikeable, but never awkward--except when he's been bested by Elizabeth. No, I agree that even from a purely male perspective :), Colin Firth was the much better Darcy.
I just watched the new movie version for the first time last weekend, and must say that I was underwhelmed as well, and that's saying something for me since I always enjoy Keira Knightly. But then, I've also seen the BBC version, and that was smashing.
On May 13th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I have to agree. I too was underwhelmed. But I did like Donald Sutherland. Small part but he gave Mr. Bennett a lot more humanity than he usually has in the films. I finally felt like he loved ALL his children and not just Elizabeth.
And if you haven't already, do watch "Persuasion". I think it is the best film of an Austen novel made. And Ciarån Hinds is lovely.