Sunday, August 16, 2009

Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (1995), Grade: A

I didn't even realize there was a 1995 version until I saw the 2005 version. So when I learned of it I went immediately to my library and borrowed it and soon after I bought the 10th Anniversary Special Edition. It's been a great addition to my DVD collection and my hubby even enjoys watching it with me!

Liked: The excellent cinematography, filming, and acting. Elizabeth, Lydia, Mrs. Bennett, and Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), and Bingley were excellent!

Not-liked: The actors who played Jane and Wickam and Caroline Bingley. Jane wasn't the purported beauty that everyone said she was, no offense to the actress who played her, but Miss Ehle is just a much prettier lady. And I always pictured Wickam a little more handsome and dashing than the portrayal of Adrian Lukis. Caroline was a bit old for the part, I thought.

It's a wonderful adaptation and I absolutely love it!

Part of the Everything Austen Challenge.

15 comments:

  1. I watched this last year and loved it. Now that I'm almost finished reading P&P I think I need to watch it again :) I do agree with you about Jane.

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  2. I agree...Jane wasn't anywhere prettier than Elizabeth. Colin Firth is the ONLY Mr. Darcy in my mind. (He has aged tho, like the rest of us, and not so much the eye candy he used to be--sigh.) Mrs. Bennett was a hoot. ~~ Kim

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  3. I have been totally slacking off in my Everything Austen challenge but I just haven't had the time to watch this version all the way through! I will have it finished by the end of the month though. I do love this version of P&P even though Colin Firth is NOT my favorite Darcy**gasp**!!!! Ever since I've seen Lost in Austen Elliot Cowan has been my favorite, IDK why he just is!!! :-)

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  4. I have to get back on this challenge... I have been so busy reading other books.... Pride and prejudice sits here beside me... unfinished.

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  5. I've got to get my hands on this version of P&P!

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  6. I first watched this, in I think '96, when it aired on ABC TV here in Oz. I have watched it again quite a number of times because, it is my other half's favourite. She got it on VHS and later on DVD, then my two of my three girls took to it with a passion. So all in all it probably gets played through here three or four times a year. Good thing I don't have an aversion to P&P!

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  7. You are doing great in the everything Austen challenge and have some great posts up for it. I love this P&P movie too. I might re-watch it soon.

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  8. I'm not doing so well on my reading side of the challenge...but movies are a lot easier while I'm watching my little boy!

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  9. My favorite P&P adaptation...Colin Firth will always be Mr. Darcy in my mind. I'm looking forward to watching this, yet again, for the challenge.

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  10. holey mackerel! you hadn't heard of this version of p&p with colin and the pond scene?!! thank goodness you've been initiated to the much loved darcy version. ;-p

    me too. the reading is slow going for me too. however, i love watching all the different movie versions.

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  11. I love this one too! It clearly is the 'original'and I entirely agree with Mr. Wickham being just too not attractive and boring. Rosamund Pike was the most beautiful Jane though :)

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  12. I agree with your "dislikes" on this adaptation. Wickham wasn't very dashing at all, he was more geeky. And Jane...oh, Jane. =\ Not an amazing beauty like she's portrayed in the book. Yes, Jennifer Ehle is so much lovelier.

    I'm glad you watched this quintessential version of Pride and Prejudice. It's a must-see for any Austen fan!

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  13. I absolutely loved this version. Although the Wickham in this movie may not have been what I pictured in my mind, I did like him more than the one in the 2005 version. Which Wickham did you like better?

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  14. Melanie, I would have to say I like the Wickham better in the 2005 version. He just seemed more dashing to me, more charisma. Just MHO!

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