Sunday, May 31, 2009
I invite everybody to participate in the weekly MEME and write about any movies, television or big screen, that you’ve seen over the past week and write about it. Please feel free to use the above logo photo in your post and/or link back to the site. I will post every Sunday Night or Monday Morning on the movie I’ve seen from the past week. I’m hoping that there are other movie buffs out there who will enjoy the MEME as much as I’m hoping to! The only small request that I have is that you rate the movie out of 5 bags of popcorn (so, 1 bag out of 5, 2 bags out of 5, and so on).
Movie: Pride & Prejudice
Starring: Keira Knightley, Talulah Riley, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Carey Mulligan, Donald Sutherland, Brenda Blethyn, Simon Woods, Kelly Reilly, Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Friend, Tom Hollander, Judi Dench
Runtime: 127 Minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Directed By: Joe Wright
As soon as I finished the book, I borrowed a copy of this movie from my friend Danielle. The weird thing is that I was just talking to my friend Lori about the movie and she loved loved loved it. However, Lori hasn’t read the book and Danielle has. It’s interesting that they both love the movie equally, read or no-read.
And, I just read the book and was surprised how much I loved it. My book review is HERE.
But, this is my movie review. First off, I wasn’t thrilled with the casting except for Mr. Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Mrs. Bennet, Catherine, Mary, and Lydia. For the rest of them, I want a re-cast! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Keira Knightley, however I didn’t think she was right for Lizzy. I never pictured Jane being blonde and fair like that. Mr. Collins was entirely too short… I wanted a chubbier Mr. Collins. Mr. Bingley wasn’t nearly as handsome as I expected.
Despite my boo-hooing on the looks of the cast, they all did a fantastic acting job! Perhaps if I’d never read the book and formed these characters in my mind, I would have just loved the movie cast as it is. However, I’m just so emotionally connected to the characters after reading the book that I was rather opinionated about their appearances.
Onto Keira Knightley in the role of Lizzy. What I didn’t care for was all of the smiling and “coy-ish-ness” that she kept putting out there. In my opinion, Lizzy wasn’t the flirt that Keira portrayed her as. Lizzy was more able to stand up for herself and I just didn’t see her with all of that nonsense that she puts out in this movie. But, that is my interpretation of Lizzy and maybe other women have different views of her. That’s the coolest thing about this story!
I loved loved loved Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennet and thought he was perfectly cast! I also rather enjoyed this Mr. Darcy… especially his legs. I don’t know how Lizzy could have ever turned down this Mr. Darcy! The scene in the rain is my absolute favorite of the movie and very memorable. I just like the way that Mr. Darcy loves her!
I must admit that I am dying to see the one with Colin Firth. Got to get my hands on that one!
Overall, this movie was a wonderful love story and strong drama. I would recommend it despite my opinions about the casting. Out of 5 bags of popcorn, genre drama (classics)… I give this:
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