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I am a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice, the book, and I also love the
'95 miniseries, mainly because it stays so close to the book. Being
what you might call a purist, I do not like when movies stray TOO far
from the original story, and I had been warned by reviews about this
one, but I was still curious to watch and and willing to not be too
judgmental- taking into consideration when it was made etc. (and I do
love old movies)
Having said that, I really enjoyed the first three quarters of this movie. Sure, the costumes were laughable and a few things not quite right, but surprisingly enough it was all good fun. I didn't much care for the portrayal of Mrs Bennet, but Laurence Olivier's Darcy was excellent, if not entirely accurate.
The story was going along swingingly, I was surprised after reading bad reviews that it was actually relatively accurate- that is, until we return to Longborne from Hunsford. After that EVERYTHING hits the clinker, nothing makes any sense or has any real resemblance to the novel. I squirmed my way through the last half hour, forcing myself to watch on. Instead of being pleasantly surprised by the movie, as I anticipated whilst watching the first half, I was left with a definite feeling of distaste and dissatisfaction.
I don't think I could even enjoy this movie with the ending as it is, if I had never read the book. Nothing is explained properly, or dwelled upon, it is a quick succession of events that I feel, if I had no understanding of the book, would not make a lot of sense.
Overall, while I had moments of enjoyment, my impression of this movie is not at all satisfying.
This series is wonderful. It was bought for me when I was little, and I
still love watching it. I know all the stories by heart, but I still
get carried away in the magic and beauty of it all. It's hard to pick a
favourite episode, but I'd have to say Sapsorrow is way up there. I
guess I've always loved the pretty dresses and the mysterious way the
beautiful princess transforms into a hideous creature. And the two bad
sisters!- you can't help but love to hate them, and Jennifer Saunders
And whoever said that this series is 'insane' must be insane themselves, and have absolutely no idea about culture or about the magical world of stories.