I have to admit that I haven’t watched the entirety of the 1995 BBC presentation of Pride and Prejudice and cannot comment on whether I like or don’t like it. For the moment, the 2005 version is my favorite. I’ve also seen snippets of the 1967 black and white and mourn the loss of most of that particular film. The 1940 movie with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson was very enjoyable although most inaccurate in a number of instances. What little I’ve seen of the 1980 adaptation I also enjoyed. I will probably find that there are aspects of each one that I find agreeable and perhaps a few that I don’t care for.
For the most part, I love the 2005 movie with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Why? Well, for a number of reasons.
The music for one as it completed or made the film. It was composed by Dario Marianelli and performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano) and the English Chamber Orchestra. Each piece seemed to fit the scenes perfectly and was delightfully performed.
Elizabeth on top of the world
Tythe Pig dance at the Meryton Assembly
The artsy way Joe Wright presented the film. The 1995 version had six hours to cover Jane Austen’s book whereas the 2005 was given only a third of that time: two hours and eight minutes. Even though the exact scenes and exact dialogue were not always utilized, the way the film was put together was not only beautiful but also got the book across to the audience.
I loved the sunrise scene.
The way Keira Knightley portrayed Elizabeth Bennet. She came across as a strong and also opinionated woman. Darcy was not the only one with the flaws of pride and prejudice.
Loved Matthew Macfadyen’s portrayal of Darcy. I think he presented him to a T: shy, proud, vulnerable, and with a bit of prejudice as well. Although Darcy is presented as a very wealthy landowner, I think he was truly lacking in ability to be sociable when out in society. Jane Austen may have touched on the reasons why: loss of mother early on, loss of father with heavy responsibilities falling on Darcy’s shoulders, and ambitious females and their pushy mamas. Poor guy. Just opened his mouth and put his foot in it too often. And too proud to apologize?
For the most part, I absolutely loved the movie and how Pride and Prejudice was depicted. However, there were a few things I was not happy with.
- Hated that stupid line of Georgiana’s. “Brother, you must force her.” The scriptwriter needed to be slapped.
I was irritated that the wardrobe mistress was not more careful about the clothes and propriety of that day. Lack of gloves at the Netherfield Ball. But, then again, the 1995 version was also lacking gloves on a number of the young women. Wearing a bonnet and gloves when outdoors was a must for all the women when they went anyplace unless I’m missing something.
Also irritated that the scriptwriter played a tad too loose with the script and that was offputting to many viewers. It didn’t bother me terribly, but I would have liked more favorable comments about this version.
And what irritated me the most is there was a wedding scene when Darcy and Elizabeth got married, and it got cut from the film. Would have loved to have seen it.
Now, it’s your turn. Just keep in mind that I will also be doing a post of this same caliber on the 1995 version when I’ve watched all of it from start to finish. I really do think I’ll like it also. But…I do have a thing or two I’ve already noticed that I don’t care for as well.
Lead on MacDuff. 🙂
Additional videos you might enjoy:
- The Politics of 18th century dating https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSNfl2PUFPc
- The Proposals 2005/1995 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxwHYftgFWE
- Top 10 Notes: Pride and Prejudice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgTmww4SGGE