Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Pride and Prejudice (1995) from British Broadcasting Corporation
Not Rated. Drama, Romance, Period Film

Description (from the film case): With a masterful script, deft direction, and star-making performances from Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, Pride and Prejudice transports viewers to Georgian England, where affairs of the heart are an exquisite game, and marriage the ultimate prize. But Elizabeth Bennet–spirited, independent, and one of five unmarried sisters–is determined to play by her own rules and wed for love, not money or privilege. Will her romantic sparring with the mysterious and arrogant Darcy end in misfortune–or will love’s true nature prevail?

My thoughts: It might be unfair, but the five hours I spent when I first watched this BBC miniseries, and however many more five-hour periods of my life I’ve passed watching it over again, have ruined all other onscreen versions of Pride and Prejudice for me, regardless of the fact that I haven’t seen all the others.

At less than five hours now, the story feels like a rushed, cursory portrayal of parts of the tale. I’m sorry. 🙂

The cast in this miniseries is all around excellent, I don’t believe Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet could be more superbly interpreted and realized than they are here, and I don’t believe I shall ever be shaken from that belief.

My corresponding reading: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.



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