Colin Firth aka Mr. Darcy very hard to beat, but luckily the makers of this film chose another wonderful British actor in Matthew, I loved him in Spooks and was in tears when he left that show. I was absolutely thrilled to find that he'd been cast as Mr. Darcy beside Keira Knightley's 'Elizabeth', they really do mix well and are brilliant on screen together.
Donald Sutherland is wonderful as Mr. Bennett and I loved Talulah Riley as Mary and Rosamund Pike is lovely. I watched Rosamund in Wives and Daughter and adored her, it's so nice to see her in PP. Keira is wonderful as Elizabeth, too.
If you've not seen the British series Spooks, get it on DVD and watch it, a wonderful, wonderful show with a brilliant cast which Matthew leads for 2 seasons.
When Matthew walks across the fields to Elizabeth in the final scenes I thought of 'Heathcliff', it just evokes images and the scenes of Lizzie and Darcy at night at Pemberley (DVD extra) was heart-beating stuff, why oh why didn't they use it as the movie ending? A better ending than what we have in the film and I'm so glad they put it on the DVD version.
The BBC mini with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle was brilliant and I thought that it would be unbeatable but this movie comes pretty damn close...
There are more versions of PP that are worth a serious look:- *Laurence Olivier/Greer Garson version1940 "Superb" *Elizabeth Garvey/David Rintoul version 1980 mini "Brilliant" *Peter Cushing/Daphne Slater version 1952 mini "Lovely" **Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version 1995 mini "Extraordinary" "Brilliant"
These are the next best versions to look for!
The more Jane Austen the better.....