I totally understand why millions of people world over absolutely love this adaptation. Beautifully directed with excellent performances -an unforgettable experience, this 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice is as good as it is can get.
At the extent of being repetitive, I have got to commend the excellent actors. They were truly fantastic.
Starting with scenes I absolutely adored:
Lizzie playing the pianoforte at Pemberley. Darcy gazing at her, a teasing smile in place. I confess I absolutely loved Colin Firth there! Caroline then brings up the topic of Mr. Wickham, which makes Lizzie run to Georgiana and change the topic. Darcy looks at her again - oh how looks speak more than just about anything!- and Lizzie glances at him. There. That moment, at last, there was chemistry! I had waited long for signs of some passion and some real chemistry and it was well worth the wait.
Darcy snubbing Caroline is great. Lizzie's entire angry conversation with Lady Catherine de Bourgh is one of the best moments of the series, for sure.
Ah, Mrs. Bennet! She was perfection itself. Mrs. Bennet winking at Kitty, Lizzie and Mary while trying to leave Jane and Bingley alone to themselves is definitely the funniest moment of the series.
Julia Sawalha's Lydia was great. She was very very exasperating. Absolutely annoying and a tad cruel. Benjamin Whitrow's flawed Mr. Bennet was skillfully done. Again, how much I love that Austen's characters are always flawed! Brings so much reality to the character.
Jennifer Ehle- what a magnificent performance! She is such a class act.
The double-wedding was beautiful. Caroline Bingley's expression as she sees two of her greatest schemes entirely ruined, is priceless.
I still do prefer the second proposal in the Matthew Macfadyen version. Yes, he was so much more passionate. But Firth is quite good in his own way- I enjoyed his portrayal. I don't think I can quite compare him with Matthew Macfadyen, because though they played the same character, a TV series and a film, are never quite to be compared in the same league.
My final verdict? Watch this version and enjoy yourself. It is as good as it is hyped to be, which is saying something. It makes you adore and fall more in love with everything Austen, if that is at all possible.
This brings my Austen challenge list to 2/12. I'm reading Pride and Prejudice now ( for the 7th time, I think) and I hope to get the review up soon :)
Also, thank you so much Colette at A Buckeye Girl Reads for picking my blog amongst your favourites for an award :)
And this hilarious comic strip by MissKVK on Photobucket, I felt, needed to be shared:Lol.