Sunday, October 12, 2014

In Which We Officially Bash Fake P&P


So here we are, at last, presenting something we promised long ago, something you may well have forgotten about, something that will effectively scare away any lingering P&P05 fans who may be lurking tentatively around the corners of this blog.  (We apologize in advance.  We really have nothing against you personally.  It's just the movie we hate.  Honestly.)

See, the two of us got together in real life (in case you didn't already know, we-- sadly-- live many miles apart from one another) this past March, and in celebration we decided to watch P&P05 together.  Or as we prefer to call it, FakeP&P.  Because we like inflicting torture on ourselves together.  It's a hobby.

...Well, really it was because we enjoy making fun of things together.  Because we are best friends, you see, and best friends don't judge each other, they judge other people (and movies) together.

Anyways.  We watched the movie (at three in the morning... ahem...) and as we went into it, we both thought that perhaps, just perhaps, we'd each been too hard on it when we'd seen it before.  Maybe it wasn't so bad after all.  Maybe there were some hidden good qualities that our embittered cynicism had been unable to see the first time around.  Maybe we'd end up kinda sorta liking it.  Who knew?  Let's give it a chance.

...Yeah, nope.  It was awful.  Which is why we're here to write this review.  Er, bashing.  Whatever.  Let us proceed.

We'll start off with Elizabeth Bennet herself-- no, let's call her Lizzie, because that's the way the filmmakers spell it.  That way we can differentiate between this character and the real Elizabeth Bennet.  ONE Bad Point so far, with many more to come... the name is Lizzy, folks, because that's the way Jane Austen wrote it.  Not Lizzie and certainly not Lizzi.  (Yes, the FakeP&P-ers didn't spell it Lizzi, but trust us, if they someday come out with a Sort-of Modern Interpretation that takes place in a 1970's hippie commune, the name will become Lizzi.  But we won't let this happen.  We shall overcome! Lizzy-with-a-y forevah!  Stay strong, fellow Janeites!)


One of the biggest things that bugged us about Keira Knightley's portrayal of Lizzie was her appearance.  Whether Keira Knightley looks like Elizabeth Bennet or not is a matter of opinion (it can't be denied that she does have fine eyes) but her slovenly way of dressing when she wasn't actually in a ballroom and the way she wore her hair... ay yi yi.  Flapping in the wind like the mane of a pony.  She's not thirteen years old, people.  Back then it was considered indecent for a woman to run around in public with her hair down.  Wearing your hair loose was equated with being in a state of undress (i.e. in your nightclothes or negligee... OH WAIT, she does that too!) and was only for the privacy of one's bedroom.  Certainly not for parading the streets of Not-Meryton.

And aside from all that, she just isn't Elizabeth.  Her manners are completely wrong.  Lizzy can be fun and carefree, but she always does retain her dignity and is a lady at all times (scampering about the countryside, with no one else around, does not count).  With Lizzie, it is not that way.  She bounds around just like one of her younger sisters... and don't get us started on her giggle, which is excessively annoying.  Elizabeth Bennet, on the other hand, would have had a delightful laugh.


She also would not go about shouting things like "YOU CANNOT MAKE ME!" and "FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE, LEAVE ME ALONE!"  That is both unladylike and disrespectful.

There's more to say, of course, but we don't exactly want this to turn into a whole novel, so you get the idea.  And we believe we now have four Bad Points-- for Lizzie's name, her hair, her manners and speech.

Let us move on to the rest of the Bennet family-- but first let us take a look at their house.  Not too long of a look, though, because it's ugly.  UGLY.  And way, way too poor.  The people making this movie obviously did not understand what Lizzy and Jane meant when they spoke of having no fortunes... they kept servants, for crying out loud.  Plus, what is up with having a random pig running through the dilapidated old hovel.  Um, what.  (Miss Marianne's hypothesis is that perhaps since Lydia doesn't know how to snort properly in this version, the pig is there to be her tutor in that direction.  Miss Dashwood applauds this notion and giggles at it randomly when she happens to think about it, even when she is out in public... a rather Lydia-esque course of action, in point of fact.) 



As for Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, perhaps better known as the Not-Bennets, they are, to be blunt, duds.  (Do we get an award for all those commas?  No?  Okay then.) Brenda Blethyn as Mrs. Bennet is not half as fun as Alison Steadman-- what's up with her being a whiny half-sympathetic wimp?  Where's the neurotic, squawking marriage-obsessed mom we all know and love?  You almost feel sorry for her once or twice, and that's not what Mrs. Bennet is supposed to be.  She's a caricature, not a creature of pity.  Modern filmmakers, will you STOP whitewashing negative characters????  As for Donald Sutherland... come on.  The man does nothing but sit around in his long hair and unshaven face and look soulfully at his plants.  "Oh, orchid.  You understand me." The sharp wit, the actual close relationship between him and Elizabeth-- nope, not there.  Actually, basically nothing is there.  It'd make more sense if the dude didn't even exist.  He's totes in boresville.  NEXT.


Let's talk about some of the other Bennets.  Kitty and Lydia.  The only thing interesting about Kitty was that she was played by Ada Clare--um, we mean Carey Mulligan.  Other than that, she was so boring and really, pretty much equivalent to a prop.  She was of even less consequence than Kitty generally is.  Lydia... blehhh.  She wasn't the worst Lydia we've seen, but... pretty boring as well.  And they did dumb stuff with the script for her-- whyyy on EARTH did they have her know that Mr. Darcy paid Wickham and all that?  As if it's completely normal?  Nooo.  She knew he was at the wedding (I mean duh, she has eyes) but she didn't know any of that.  Didn't seem to seek the knowledge, either.

The two of them also have problems with their hair, but that's mostly owing to the general bad-hair-ness of the movie and the wrong time period thing. Ohhh, but we didn't talk about THAT yet, did we?  *rubs hands together in anticipation*

Some people say that setting this move in the 1790s (which is a general and admitted fact) makes sense, as Jane Austen wrote the book in 1796.


*climbs onto soapbox*
Jane Austen began writing First Impressions in 1796.  This was an early version of Pride and Prejudice, but she actually rewrote the whole thing a year or two before it was published, in 1813.  We know from things she said that a lot of things were changed, and obviously she's going to be updating the story for Present Audiences if she's rewriting it all.  So, the story is set in 1813, or 1812, if you prefer.  End of story, peoples.

Therefore, we should not be having natural-waist dresses, poofy pompadours, and perfectly Georgian styles.

Some people also argue that the especially 18th-century-looking ensembles of Lady Catherine are because she's an older lady and clings to her old ideas of what fashion should be.

Heh, nice try.  Let's review this quote from Mr. Collins.
"Do not make yourself uneasy, my dear cousin, about your apparel. Lady Catherine is far from requiring that elegance of dress in us which becomes herself and her daughter. I would advise you merely to put on whatever of your clothes is superior to the rest--there is no occasion for anything more. Lady Catherine will not think the worse of you for being simply dressed. She likes to have the distinction of rank preserved."

If Lady Catherine was so fashion-conscious, I seriously doubt she'd be wearing clothes about thirty years old.   Even in 1796, she would have been quite outdated, so that's actually another Dumb Thing that the movie-makers did. 

*climbs back down*

Speaking of Lady Catherine, might this be a good time to ask why on earth they had her show up at the Bennets' house in the middle of the night??  What EVEN?  That's just ridiculous.  She's too snobbishly high-class to do that.  And the Bennets all in their nightclothes... good grief.  (This movie really has a thing with nightgowns and nightshirts.  Which is... weird.)  The whole scene was nuts, anyways.  Lizzie ending up losing her temper and storming out of the room with everyone listening outside the door? 

NO. 

It was supposed to a private conference, in the afternoon, in a prettyish sort of garden, and Elizabeth was very dignified the whole time even if she did become a bit... Indignant.  Not like a sassy teenager, though. Come on, peoples.



Overall the movie is just. too. modern.  It has this overarching modern FEEL-- inexplicable, but we'll give it a shot anyway.  The whole point of watching period dramas (for us at least) is to temporarily enjoy another time period and pretend one is actually IN a world where balls were a normal form of entertainment and people wore long skirts and bonnets and gentlemen were, y'know, gentlemen.  P&P95 does a beautiful, beautiful job of making the Regency era feel real and accessible and desirable, while FakeP&P slaps you down in the middle of a half-heartedly "old-fashioned" set and says, "Here, watch the heroine spin on a swing while a pig prances in the background.  Yay for the olden days.  Would they have had that kind of sofa back then...?  LOL whatevs."

The movie is full of historical inaccuracies.  Y'know that scene where the footman dude comes in and announces that "a Mrs. Bennet, a Miss Bennet, a Miss Bennet, and a Miss Bennet" were there?  Nooope.  Wrong.  You lose.

Sure, it's funny, in a sense, but... it's not right.  Back then there was a formula to avoid just that nonsense.  When in a group, only the oldest unmarried girl would be "Miss {Last name}".  All the younger girls were "Miss {First name} {Last name}."  So the correct way to say that, my dear footman, would have been "Mrs. Bennet, Miss Mary Bennet, Miss Catherine Bennet, and Miss Lydia Bennet."

Let's talk about some more of the characters.  Kind of went on a rabbit trail up there, but there's more to say.

We haven't talked about Mr. Darcy yet, haaave we?


Basically, in this movie, he's nice, but he's not Mr. Darcy.  Perhaps most importantly, his air is just wrong.  They played the 'shy' side of Mr. Darcy up wayyy too much.  Mr. Darcy is an introvert, but he's not bashful, and he is supposed to give that idea that he's being somewhat arrogant if people don't know how to interpret it correctly.  Matthew MacFadyen's portrayal completely missed a big chunk of Darcy's character, making him seem withdrawn, awkward, and kind of... sad all the time.  Weird.

Anyways.  There's more that could be said about him, but let's not bother with a case study.  This is quite long as it is.

Then there's Georgiana Darcy.  With her, it's like they forgot to actually read the part of the book where it describes her character.  First, they chose an actress, though around 17, they made to look about 14, with her hair down in three curl things.  Then she's just way too bouncy and not the sophisticated, seeming-older-than-her-age girl of the book.  Good grief, people, this is supposed to be a young woman who was going to get married when she was 15.  She's not supposed to be a little girl.  And she's supposed to be much more, well, shy... not perky and bubbly.  While she may have made a cute scene with her brother, they weren't the Darcys of the book.

The whole Pemberley bit was wrong, actually... which is quite sad, because it's a great part of the story.  Let's not even get started with the statues, and then the Bust of Darcy.  And Lizzie running out of the room as soon as she sees Mr. Darcy, again acting out of character.  The real Lizzy is dreadfully embarrassed but has the dignity to not make a spectacle of herself.

*begin short rant* Pride and Prejudice does not need more dramatizing, especially when you make such a MESS of it. *end short rant*

(Oh wait... this whole thing is a rant.  Heh.)

Let's talk about Mr. Collins for a moment, shall we?  Or maybe we should call him Osbourne Hamley... because that's all we think of when we see him.  (Tom Hollander is a good actor and all, but he belongs in Wives and Daughters, not P&P.)  He lacks humor, height, and hateability, in that order, except he doesn't really lack the hateability but I needed alliteration.  And he's hateable for all the wrong reasons.  The "what excellent boiled potatoes" line was mildly funny, but it doesn't make up for his general meh-ness in all his other scenes (of which there are shockingly few). In short, a dud.  NEXT.


Mr. Bingley is a complete idiot.  Sorry, Bingley fans-- we don't mean Mr. Bingley in the book, of course.  (Though it's a truth universally acknowledged that he doesn't have quite as much going on upstairs as certain other characters.)  Simon Woods is great in Cranford and all that, but as Mr. Bingley... nopety nope to the nope.  He acts like a lily-livered yes-man to all his sister's and friend's demands, he talks like an idiot in front of Jane (and she somehow thinks it's cute? um wut?) and his hair looks like a rooster's comb.  His one redeeming quality is that adorable little proposal-rehearsal scene near the end with Darcy.  That was cute.  :D

While we're on the topic of the Bingleys, permit us to gripe for a moment about this stupid character-erasing thing.  Why on earth was Mrs. Hurst left out???? In the book it's quite obvious that Mrs. Hurst is there to serve as a sidekick for Caroline Bingley-- otherwise Caroline's snide remarks about Elizabeth would fall on a deaf ear, because even she wouldn't make such comments about another lady if she were only in the presence of gentlemen.  I mean, come on, anyone who's read the book-- oh wait.

*ba dum tshhhh*

As for other characters who are completely missing, there is no apparent Sir William Lucas or Maria for Elizabeth to go with to Hunsford to visit Charlotte, so... she just goes by herself.  Um.

(Charlotte herself, by the way, is nothing wonderful, in fact sometimes downright annoying and not like Book Charlotte, even though that actress is quite good in other things.  Colonel Fitzwilliam is also blehhh. And then discussing Darcy-and-Bingley thing during a church service like a pair of six-year-olds?  Except six-year-olds would have been reprimanded by their mothers before they could progress in the conversation that much.)


Oh, and Mr. Wickham is a SLIMY CREEP.  Okay, okay, he's supposed to be that, we grant you, but he's also supposed to have an appearance of goodness, and Rupert Friend and his greasy, stringy hair did not.  (We have nothing against Rupert Friend; he was splendid in The Young Victoria.  Just for the record.) 

Time to move on again.  How about the scenes that were made complete messes of?

The first proposal.
ERRRRRRRRRRRRRMMMMM.
Stalking Lizzie in the rain and randomly popping her up and scaring her half to death?
Yelling at each other?
Getting right into the Jane-and-Bingley matter when really he saved most of that that for the letter afterwards?
The worst offence was when they ALMOST KISSED.

Um.  What.
No.  JUST NO.  Why are they doing this weird thing, like Elizabeth is supposed to be secretly attracted to him the whole time?  She's nooot.  Because, happily, P&P is not a modern historical fiction novel. *Real-Lydia-snort*

But apparently the filmmakers thought they had to stick in at least one more scene that mimicked a third-rate historical fiction novel (probably one with a cover featuring a swoony heroine in a historically inaccurate dress), because they decided to have Arthur-- sorry, DARCY-- show up in Lizzie's room bearing a letter.  Yes.  IN HER BEDROOM.  BEHIND HER SHOULDER.  CREEPILY.  IN THE MIRROR.

Please tell us we weren't the only ones who thought it was supposed to be a nightmare at first.

But that scene's not the worst, really it's not, because you keep going on and on through miles of rubbish just like it (not even redeemed by Bingley's moderately cute proposal to Jane), and then...

And THEN.  Then we have It.
THE RIDICULOUS AND STUPID PAJAMA SCENE.


You know what we're talking about (more's the pity.) The infamous sunrise blathering.  The "your hands are cold" nonsense.  The traipsing about the London countryside in what would have at the time been a scandalous state of undress.  The fog.  (Okay, we don't actually have anything against the fog.  England is foggy, whatever.  But we needed another thing to complain about and we've already bashed Lizzie's hair quite enough.) 

We know that Jane Austen didn't dramatize the proposal scene very much in the book.  We know there's not a whole lot to work from.  (And if the filmmakers had read the book, they'd know that too... ahem... okay, we're doing that joke to death...) But that's no excuse for making the scene illogical (why were they both just randomly OUT at that hour?), inappropriate (yes, in the early 1800's it would have been extremely inappropriate to go cavorting about unchaperoned in what was basically your underwear), insipid ("your hands are cold"? really?") and insufferable.  Ugh, ugh, ugh and ugh.  Now, the far superior 1995 version romanticized that scene just a tad, but at least it was all perfectly plausible and fit right in with the events of the book and SOUNDED LIKE SOMETHING JANE AUSTEN MIGHT HAVE WRITTEN.

We ask you, would the woman who wrote "you pierce my soul; I am half agony, half hope" and "I cannot make speeches, Emma; if I loved you less I might be able to talk about it more" seriously pen something as dish-watery as "now then, your hands are cold?"  NO.  SHE WOULD NOT.

And even "you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I, uh, love, uh, you," quoted though it may be on Pinterest (and often misspelt, cough cough ahem), is basically the dumbest pseudo-romantic claptrap that ever graced a television screen.

Well, that and the unbelievably idiotic final scene, the one that made us physically ill, the one where they're languishing about in their pajamas again (at least they're married this time) and saying Mrs. Darcy over and over and over again. Yes.  Because chattering ceaselessly, according to Jane Austen, is THE BEST way to convince someone that you're in love with them.  If I loved you less, I'd talk about it less, and all that... oh WAIT.

Sorry, are we being a bit harsh?  Probably, yeah.  But it's our blog. ;P


So what are our final thoughts?

Um, is there a grade lower than an F?

All right, all right, we'll be nice.  On the whole, it's just... kind of boring, really.  If someone who knew nothing of P&P watched this movie and proclaimed the story to be boring, we can't say we'd really blame them, due to the representation.  If someone who knew nothing of period dramas watched this movie and proclaimed the genre to be dumb, we really couldn't blame them either.  As a film, it's nice to look at.  Sometimes.  Some of the cinematography is lovely.  But the script is trite (and a lot of the lines are said so fast and so dully that you don't really catch what's being said), the music is lovely but gets repetitive really fast, and... yeah, you get the idea.  (This isn't even an exhaustive list of the things that annoy us.  We just didn't want to make y'all sit here till kingdom come.)

In the end... just watch P&P95, folks, and don't waste your time with the two-hour version.

Though, of course, the reason you're reading this blog in the first place is probably because you already prefer The Good One, so we needn't advise you-- we shall just applaud your taste and let you proceed on your way.  Thanks for listening to our complaints. ;)

Oh, and here's a nice purty picture of Real P&P to reward you for slogging through all that nonsense.  ;)

(See, it's us gossiping about Fake P&P.)

20 comments:

Mrs Evie Brandon said...

In order to spare both the Miss Dashwoods and everyone else who wishes to make a comment I will spare them the longess of this by summerising my comment into a few words.

Here they are: This is EXACTLY what I think! Well Done You Two!!

Ahem.. one more thing the amount of times I have had to explain about the setting of this film is too many, it drives me BONKERS!

Thank you for this wonderful post! Oh and Melody I think I replied to your email not sure.. :)

I love that Picture by the way! It is so true!! All of us in one big ballroom in our finest discussing this movie that we all do not like. Quite a fitting picture.

I must away now! :(
~Evie (Mrs Brandon- Mistress of Delaford and wife to Colonel Brandon)

Naomi Bennet said...

I'm never writing a P&P05 review.

Why?

Because I'd like copy chunks out of yours.

Like everything.

Brilliantly said, perfectly said. So true. We girls should start a bash-fake-P&P-club.

~ Naomi

PS Oh, one more follower to go and then there's that promised giveaway! :-P

The Elf said...

Caroline Bingley looked so modern. Completely and utterly NOT Regency or even Georgian.

Also the pyjama scene at the end is what's known as the American ending. Apparently those in the US enjoy mushy endings so the producers stuck in a mushy scene. Everyone else in the world (at least in Australia where I'm from!) was released early from the torture by having the movie end with Mr. Bennet saying he is at leisure to see Kitty or Mary's suitors.

Otherwise, this pretty much sums up my feelings on the fake p&p. Oh, and don't you think Bingley looks like a young Prince Harry? :D

Anna Grace said...

So this is pretty much my favorite blog post in the history of ever. Just the other day my sister Molly and I (who met a dude with the last name of Gibson the other day....I told her it's destiny and she has to marry him!) were discussion the awfulness of the fake P&P. So I laughed when I saw you'd posted this.

I'm going to read it every time I'm feeling down and will sit there giggling like a fool until I pop in my lovely copy of the REAL P&P.

I tip my hat to you ladies. Well done. Well done, indeed.

~Anna

P.S. The Percy quote. I--I see what you did there. 8-D

Post P.S. I was talking to a girl who said she prefers the fake P&P (to which I almost left her company...but refrained from doing so). And she told me that she likes that Lizzie better because, and I quote, "I feel if society didn't frown upon it she'd have worn pants and stuff cause she such a tomboy, so I like their wardrobe choices for her. It fit."

I smiled. Cause I've learned a few manners from Eliza Bennet.

The Author said...

Well said! I agree with everything in this post, and don't even get me started on all the other things which you wisely did not elaborate on.
YES!!

Miss Melody Muffin said...

I was snorting with laughter through this entire post.

I have not seen the 05 P&P in its entirety, but I have seen lots of pictures and clips and I COULD NOT AGREE MORE WITH EVERYTHING YOU SAID.

Thanks for the picture from the REAL P&P at the end. :D Now I want to watch the real P&P again.....

Miss Jane Bennet said...

OOOOH.
You posted this! :D
I immediately sat down to read it yesterda, but juuust as I got to Mr Bingley, I had to LEAVE and I didn't get to read the rest till last night.
But I'm here now, still giggling about it and ready to comment. ;)
As I believe some other people have already said, THIS WAS PERFECT. I especially loved the Bashing of the Knight In Shining Pajamas Scene. And the Bashing of Mr Creepy Darcy. :D I often joke that P&P05 is the closest thing to a horror movie I've ever watched because Matthew MacFadyen's "Darcy" reminds me of a vampire. I don't know why; he just does.
OHHHHH. Are. YOU. KIDDING. ME.
Until this moment, I nevuh realized that her seeing Darcy's face in the mirror was actually HIM COMING INTO HER BEDROOM.
WUUUUT.
I just thought that she was having a flashback to when he did give her the letter and it was never shown...THAT IS SO WEIRD. FOR SHAME, DARCY.
And don't even get me started on the ending. EWWWWW. :P
To sum up, loverly post! I must go now or I could elaborate quite a bit more...oh, well. :D
Oh, and I notice that you have a hundred followers now. ;D I'm actually going to enter the giveaway this time, ahahaha. Can't wait!!

Sophie said...

I agree with everything and this post was excessively diverting and practically perfect in every way. Yes, yes, yes. I love reading bashing things. And P&P05 is very, very bash-able. :P
I sometimes get a little worried when I read something praising it (or bashing real P&P), so it's nice to have something to look at and convince myself that other people share my opinions. Which is why a club like this is so awesome. Thank you. :D

Emily Blakeney said...

=) Enjoyed this! Fake bashings are fun! :)

Abi said...

Well said! I HATE the 05 version...so gross, and un-jane austen like! So nice to to know more people who agree with me!

Anonymous said...

First of all may I congratulate you on your excellent blog/website which I have only just recently discovered, it's so interesting and full of humour and interesting facts about Pride & Prejudice 1995. Like the film I can't stop looking at it!

I too am a great fan of P&P95 and you could say I'm hooked, it is definately the best adaptation.

However I have looked at P&P05. I have looked at snippets on YouTube and have found myself scratching my head as to which part of the story they are trying to act! I find Lizzy and Darcy in this version seem to mumble a lot and you sometimes have a job to hear what they are saying. Also it always seems to be raining! (although I suppose they couldn't help.)

One particular scene I didn't like was the Assembly Room ball, "There were too many ladies" and gentlemen for that matter!

As the real Darcy would have said to the 05P&P, "It's tolerable I suppose, but it's not good enough to tempt me!"

Keep up the good work and look forward to more interesting blogs in the future.

Best wishes

Ruth Janes

Anonymous said...

A very good review. I too was shocked at how poor they made the Bennett family appear in this movie. Farm animals running about the yard and inside the house, their appearance looking unkempt. Maybe they were trying to show how much more Darcy's station in life was above Elisabeth's. If so then they went too far.

Anonymous said...

GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've never actually watched the Fake version, but I've read about it, seen pictures, and seen snippets on YouTube, so I had pretty much decided that it would be torture to watch it. Now, I've decided. It would be soooooooooooooo torturous!!!

Joan

Anonymous said...

Bravo! Bravo!

You have said it all!!! This is a review I have been waiting to see written! Congratulations to you both! My friends and I recently watched this and had a whole really long discussion about how bad it was after and comparing it to the REAL Pride & Prejudice!!!

Thank you so much for this!!!!!

Kelly Peeples said...

I had to double-check to make sure that I wasn't the person who actually wrote this blog post, because it is 100% accurate. May I please also congratulate the commenter that mentions the thoroughly modern Miss Bingley. She looks straight out of Hollywood, and I thought the actress was perfect as Mary Morstan in the first RDJ Sherlock Holmes, so why is she so wrong here? And how bizarre that she is hanging out ALONE with Mr. Darcy? I tried puzzling this out...they're not related. He doesn't even like her. It's completely improper. The whole thing is improper. They tried to turn P&P into Wuthering Heights or something. THIS ISN'T A BODICE RIPPER, PEOPLE. I think I need to go have a drink just thinking about this embarrassment of a film.

Hannah Batchelder said...

Oh thank you, thank you, THANK you! I always find it so frustratingly hard to explain the problems with this movie because there are just so many that I don't know where to begin! This post pretty much covers everything! :P

Teddybear said...

I had to join your Blog so I could comment on the review of P&P '05. I've watched it a couple of times, and there are a number of problems with it, most of which you have mentioned. The fact that the director stated that Lizzy was a tomboy was the first thing that really annoyed me. The strange goings on at Pemberley where Lizzy looks at a naked male statue, (wouldn't happen,) gets left behind by her Aunt & Uncle, and has to walk back to the Inn by herself. I didn't like the ending where after Mr Darcy pours his heart out to Lizzy, she tells him his hands are cold. So romantic I don't think. I hadn't realised Darcy handed Lizzy the letter when she was in her bedroom, I thought she was downstairs. I absolutely love the '95 version. Oh and I didn't like Bingley's hair either.

Rae said...

May I please link to this in my blog? I cannot bash the Fake P&P (For that is what I call it as well; when I read that I thought, "Ha! I'm not the only one then!" It IS fake, after all...) as well as you ladies can. Also, I know you posted this 1 1/2 years ago. Whatever. I an looking at your web site NOW.
I am trying to write a "comparison" of the two P&P's right now (and believe me, I'm a '95 fan) but there's just so much to compare, I don't know if I can finish. :)

Miss Marianne said...

Rae,
Go right ahead! We love free advertising. ;)
(And yes, we are still here!)
Glad you agree. :)

Rae said...

Here's my blog post on the subject!
http://raesdropofgoldensun.blogspot.com/2016/01/pride-and-prejudice-bbc-1995-vs-pride_12.html