came late, left early
i saw pride & predjudice last night. i hated it. i actually left before the end which i haven't done in a long time and haven't even felt tempted to do since breakfast on pluto. i left right after lady catherine comes to find out if lizzie & darcy are engaged. judi dench was fine and leaving after her big moment seemed like a good time to get on with my evening. keira knightly was a major hurdle i wasn't able to get past, but my issues with the film went way beyond that. as a huge fan of not just the the bbc series but the book - i took issue with a number of ways the characters were portrayed.
1) donald sutherland as mr. bennet was just unfortunate. i can't even get into it. it just was.
2) georgiana as a silly giggling teenager? no. she was a refined young lady very wary of others and still getting over the whole wickham incident. darcy loves his sister but also respected her class & sophistication. i didn't buy little tamzin merchant for a second.
3) i didn't appreciate charlotte lucas' little speech about how she was "27 and desperate". very poor taste. very.
and finally -
4) one of elizabeth's greatest virtues was the way she never let on to any outsider how ridiculous she thought her family was. it was a quality that defined her as a person and made her sort of "transcend her class" so to speak - a major quality that darcy fell in love with. keira didn't play lizzie that way. i felt uncomfortable in the moments you saw her getting visibly annoyed with her family... she was like a trashy elizabeth bennet.
i could go on and on... but i suspect i'm annoying most of you. lastly though is a point my dad brought up: pride & predjudice isn't just a love story - its a comedy. unfortunately, i wasn't laughing last night.
anywho - i was planning on going off next about march of the penguins (an interesting enough story but i didn't buy into all the whimsical nonsense about penguins being "devastated" and such) but i'll save it and instead wish you a happy valentines day... and share the valentine i got from gwen.