There are some really great, memorable song/dance numbers in this movie but, ultimately, it fails as a worthy adaption of its mentor: Jane Austen's novel, Pride And Prejudice. The premise is great- instead of a class struggle, the tension between Elizabeth and Darcy is now due to cultural misunderstandings/barriers. Unfortunately, the character of Elizabeth Bennet comes across as someone who is out to completely- and, perhaps, intentionally? -misinterpret everything that Darcy says. It is difficult, therefore, to understand his attraction. Their exchanges create the impression that she is being almost absurdly judgemental and close minded toward him. Perhaps such harshness on her part could be excused if Darcy himself were played with having more prejudice. In this adaptation, however, Darcy comes across as being an overall "nice guy". His greatest flaw does not seem to stem from his pride but from the fact that he is besotted with someone who is apparently obsessed with misconstrueing everything that he says or does. Needless to say, it is not a match made among equals. The viewer, as a result, is given the feeling that "pride and prejudice" is not the real problem with these two getting together so much as it is a case of poorly scripted dialogue. As a result, the relationship between the two characters is not as convincing as it should be. I definately see some serious marriage counselling in their so-called "happpily-ever-after" future.
Bottom line: I really did want to like this movie- and, despite its cheesiness, it does work on some levels. But not enough to keep this viewer from feeling a keen sense of dissapointment at the shabby rendition of two such beloved characters.