I thought of a post on this film, and then thought it wasn’t worth the effort. Suffice it to say, it is very pleasurable to look at, and everything clicked into place when I saw on a bus stop poster that it was by the producer of Bridget Jones Diary and Love Actually and Notting Hill. That’s not a criticism. I enjoyed the former a lot (though hated the second Bridget Jones movie and wasn’t sure whether my tastes had changed or it really was that much worse) and Love Actually was a very good flick. Notting Hill was a bit too formulaic for my taste but passed the time well enough.
Anyway, this is Jane Austen meets Bridget Jones. Elizabeth Bennett is ‘dumbed down’ a bit and the actress Keira Knightley gives us too many cute little grins from those modern day romances for my taste. But it’s great to look at. Donald Sutherland’s Mr Bennett is perhaps the most interesting bit of interpretation. Much ‘heavier’ than the book, but very convincing in this role.
The film had the occasoinal tacky anachronism, as when Elizabeth and Darcy do the old Hollywood ‘near kiss’ only to pull away. I guess it put it in a more accessible modern idiom. My 11 year old daughter certainly liked it.
In any event, I just read a great review of the film by Peter Craven. Peter Craven has concocted a remarkably fruity ‘up himself’ accent for himself, which would be enough to polish him off for me. I find taking note of such things can be a very rapid and often surprisingly accurate way of summing things up. But it doesn’t work with Craven. Without saying I always agree with him, or that he doesn’t occasionally write some shockers (who with his output wouldn’t?), he’s a marvelous reviewer with an arresting and penetrating turn of phrase.
So I don’t need to write any more. Read Peter Craven’s review, and three stars from me.