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Awful interpretation of a wonderful story. This is not P&P at all!,
This review is from: Pride & Prejudice (Widescreen) (DVD)What a horrible interpretation of a classic story. I loved the book, I really loved the 1995 mini-series with Colin Firth, but this story is NOT Pride and Prejudice at all. It leaves you wondering if the writers and the production crew ever read the book at all. If you're not familiar with the story at all, it might be all right as a generic period drama, but if you know anything at all about P&P it's awful. Stick with the 1995 version starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. It's the true Pride and Prejudice and was done so much better than this movie that I don't have enough words to explain it. That one got it right, this one did not.
I actually saw this movie with a friend who'd never seen or read Pride and Prejudice and she enjoyed it, but she was really confused about key parts of the story, such as Wickham's entire role, and needed me to explain afterwards because she didn't understand why things happened in the movie.
Some of the casting was good and the scenery was gorgeous, but some of the most important roles were terrible. Keira Knightley is a horrible Elizabeth... she turns a witty, intelligent young woman into a giggly, ridiculous brat. This Mr. Darcy left me feeling only lukewarm about him. He was all right, but had very tough competition in Colin Firth. Bingley is portrayed as a total idiot in this one instead of a warm-hearted yet slightly naive young man.
Worse than the butchering of some of the characters, they chopped the story up very badly and got a lot of details about the period completely wrong. For example, the Bennetts were never poor and certainly weren't a lower class family, as portrayed in this movie. They were middle class, but just had no sons to carry on their fortunes so upon Mr. Bennett's death the girls would have nothing left to their names.
Don't waste your time and money on this one. If you must see it, rent it or borrow it from the library. Not a good adaptation at all.