I just finished watching this movie and find Mr. Darcy’s character to be an interesting interpretation. Mr. Darcy is not a stupid man, nor is he unintellegent, and yet he is conveyed as both of these…I’m not saying Matthew did a bad job playing him, but I think that the shyness was VASTLY overestimated. He’s very different from the character in the book. He’s not very witty and it doesn’t really seem like he would keep up with Elizabeth very well at all. Her character doesn’t fit well either. She is one of the wittiest, most intellegent, most lively people in the entire book and in the movie it seemed she was constantly in an irate mood until the end when Darcy confessed his love for her. Elizabeth knew the value of keeping her cool in certain situations. Kiera threw decorum out the window, when Lizzie would have merely nodded and tried not to smile. Mr. Bennet didn’t seem like he liked the silliness that surrounded him. In the book he was fond of it and lived to be sport for his neighbors and make fun of them in his turn. It’s his attitude that keeps the two elder girls alive!! lol. I did like Donald Sutherland’s acting. 🙂 I also liked the rest of the sisters and Mrs. Bennet. They all did a fabulous job. Wickham didn’t seem truly evil. The “bad guy” of the film was the circumstances surrounding them that might have prevented their marriage. Bingley was foolish, his sister ridiculous, and WHERE was Mrs. Hurst? I realize that I sound somewhat negative. As a whole, the movie was not bad, but when compared to what it could have been it seems slightly disappointing.
The best part of this movie, as always, was the part when Darcy walks toward Lizzie in the field. His coat flying behind him, his shirt slightly unbuttoned, and that purposeful walk. As though nothing in the world could stop him from making it to her. The way that he looked at her, the way his eyes spoke his complete adoration. SIGH. It was perfect. 😉 I love this scene.
If you watch this movie with no expectations (as I have in the past), it is a delightful rendition of the novel. If you’re a purist…not so much. As I am now somewhere in-between, I’m not really sure what I think of it. It certainly can’t be compared to the other version. If I did, I’m sure I would never watch this version again….