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recently viewed the 2005 movie version of Pride and Prejudice once again and of
course could not avoid comparing the portrayal of Darcy as done by Matthew
Macfadyen with Colin Firth’s version in the 1995 TV series. Much as I like
Matthew as an actor, Colin will always remain my favourite and favourite to
many others it seems. To me Matthew’s portrayal was much too severe for my
liking, even though we all know that was how he was meant to play it, he came
across as just plain bad tempered to me. There were many times when I wanted to
shake a smile out of him. We all know that Darcy and Jane had their many
differences and it is most likely that my annoyance with Matthew came from
knowing of course that he would come round in the end and succumb to the wit
and charm of Elizabeth, splendidly portrayed by Keira Knightly in this version.
But even then he didn’t seem too enchanted to me.
I have to admit that from all the characters, my favourite will always be Mr. Bennett, portrayed in this version by Donald Sutherland. His humorous patience with his twittering wife whose abiding aim in life is to marry her daughters off to wealthy gentlemen and his witty comments on all that is going on around him in that hectic household are outstanding. Above all, despite his seeming detachment, his love for his daughters shines through and steals the show. How times have changed. Although there are many differences between 1830 and now, there will always be mothers who are set on finding the best partners for their daughters. And always mothers who are disappointed with the choices made.
I wonder what Jane would think of her book being played out in so many different ways on the screen. Most authors desire to see their work made into a movie or TV series, I know I do, and are forever disappointed. Perhaps she is up yonder somewhere enjoying the fame. I do hope so.