The cinematography was great, the story was as faithful to the original as one could pessimistically hope, and even I, nitpicky moviegoer that I am, thought the casting was okey-dokey. I didn't have expectations good or bad of Kiera Knightley, so I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that she charmed me with her portrayal -- part sweetie-pie and part sharp-tongued minx -- of Elizabeth Bennet. And while I've heard criticisms of the male characters being flat, anyone who says such a thing has never read the book, because the male characters ARE kind of flat. I mean, at best, Darcy's a sort of brooding Heathcliff Lite. And Bingley's a bit of a doofus. And Mr. Bennet is kind of charming, but still remote. And Mr. Collins was great, even if he did remind me of Mr. Bean.
Watching the movie with Rusty was a hoot. As an occasionally dutiful former English major, he's read his share of Austen, but that was a long while ago. I, on the other hand, who dream of crawling inside an Austen novel and never coming out, have the book pretty much memorized. So there were many, many moments when, anticipating some horrifically vicariously embarrassing scene involving Mrs. Bennet and the younger Bennet sisters, I covered my face with a pillow minutes in advance, causing Rusty -- who is ten times more sensitive to such things than I -- to ask anxiously, "What? What? WHAT?"
And then there was this amusing bit of sofa dialogue:
"Hey! Someone should make a contemporary version of this movie. It'd be really good."One thing I noticed, though -- and perhaps those of you who've also seen the movie observed the same thing -- were all the subtle references to '80s teen movies. I mean, I know the film's tagline is "A romance ahead of its time," but props to the filmmakers for identifying the story's correct temporal setting as the mid-1980s.
"Mmm... a little-known film called Bridget Jones's Diary... perhaps you've heard of it?"
Does anyone else see a certain Flock of Seagulls quality in Bingley's 'do?
And did anyone else have Lloyd Dobler-fuelled déjà vü during the scene where Darcy walks across the heath -- or field or meadow or whatever you want to call it -- near the end of the movie?
And I can't find a movie still, but surely I can't have been the only person who watched the (somewhat gratuitous) final scene and yelled "Sixteen Candles!" at the screen?