Friday, August 13, 2010

in love with Mr. Darcy

Jane Austen sure knows how to write a man that women love. Wow. I don't know what it is about Mr. Darcy or why he's so attractive to me. I mean, he does spend half the book being annoying to some extent, and if you've only watched the movies you may not completely understand the appeal, but there's just something about him. And Colin Firth. And Matthew MacFayden.

If you've only watched the Keira Knightley version then you've seen a great movie, with great music and wonderful touches and scenery, but you've seen the story on fast forward. Don't get me wrong, if I don't have a lot of time, then that's what I watch. The scenery is gorgeous and the music is beautiful and the scene where he walks through the field to find her in the morning is one that takes my breath away. But they leave so much out.

The A&E version is the definitive version, I think. Colin Firth makes a great Darcy and Jennifer Ehle is a great Elizabeth. Now granted, the lighting isn't as wonderful and the music isn't quite as grand (although they do use the same piece of music during the Netherfield ball dance scene) but the inclusion of much more of the story is what makes it so much better. They really build up the tension between Elizabeth and Darcy, while showing you that he does like her in some manner, and what the relationships around them are really like.

They are both great movies. Any Jane Austen movie is usually pretty good, but P&P is my favorite. I love the Gwyneth Paltrow version of Emma, too. The Anne Hathaway version of Becoming Jane is such an interesting look at Jane Austen as well. One day I Netflixed all the Jane Austen movies I could find and spent a weekend watching them. Fun, right?

Well, right now, Elizabeth is telling Jane how Darcy proposed to her and she turned him down, so I must get back to the movie, and its happy ending.


Alison said...

I remember watching Emma with you; it is a great movie. I confess that I haven't seen Pride and Prejudice, nor have I read the book. Gasp!! Do I have to hand over my female card now? :)

Ann - Building a Nest said...

You and me both. Trustful Surrender and I have emailed novels about our love of Austen and P&P. I agree on the movies. I own the bbc version and love it. That pic you have from the new version ...that scene I hate because I don't think mr. D would ever ask the ? In the rain looking like a mess (handsome one but still). I'm such a stickler for that stuff ;)

the lady of the house said...

you're cute. Never did watch Emma... I'll have to check that one out - These type of movies are my sis' favorites! Me... my fav is You've Got Mail which coincidentally they totally talk about Pride and Prejudice in :)

Confession: I watched it two times yesterday .... tee hee

Hope all is well, The Lady of the House

Suzie-Q T-Pie said...

i love both of those movies! My mom likes to have girl night and watch the Colin Firth one, and have tea! lol. But I think they are both good. I also love Becoming Jane. It was a heart gripper!

Frizzy and Bird said...

I love Colin Firth!