Tarry for the Nonce

September 28, 2005

Agog and Aghast

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 11:27 pm

Is there no end to Hollywood’s bastardly interpretation of Jane Austen?

As if it wasn’t loony enough to have Colin Firth soaking himself in putrid pond water before encountering a cranky Jennifer Ehle, now we have a Pride and Prejudice with a drippy-eyed, open-shirted, wind-whipped Mr. Darcy wooing a rebellious, licentious (and yet “modern”) Elizabeth Bennet.

I mean, come on! If I wanted to see a Bronte film, I would see a Bronte film. Jane Austen specifically deplored such nonsense.

Fay Weldon’s adaptation remains the best. Hands down. No contest.

Honestly. Forget the soppy moors and capes flailing about in slow motion. Austen is clever enough to thrive without such accoutrements.



  1. And that is definitely the truth! I mean, granted I am passionately in love with Colin Firth, but that is no excuse to wave him about a movie screen in his skivvies. And a sweaty, panting Fitzwilliam a la Matthew McFadyen? Pardon me whilst I stifle the gag reflex.

    Comment by Anne — September 29, 2005 @ 12:04 am

  2. Keira Knightley flat as a pancake (unlike the definitive — Jennifer Ehle, corset-buster extraordinaire — who, I did not realize until I did a google image search, has clearly been in some movies where she felt the need to bare more than her soul), melodramatic and expounding her feminist philosophy — exquisite! It is a treat to which I look forward with great anticipation. Do you think it could possibly rank up there with Lawrence Olivier and Greer Garson or is this going to be a near miss for first place in a farce [scroll down]?

    Comment by auntlori — October 5, 2005 @ 9:47 am

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