I Promise I Tried...

to give this version

another chance. Even though I knew NOTHING could top this...

I wanted to be sure. I am now sure. Even Barbie and her friends

are better than Keira and those A&E Wanna-Be Austenites.
What do you think?
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  1. AMEN Sister! (I have a whole rant on a past blog entry about this!) I watched the Keira Knightley version TWICE to give it a chance. If you take her out of the equation, it's actually not a bad film, but it's not wonderful either. She is awful and ruined the whole thing. I cannot enumerate the ways in which she was wrong for the role of Elizabeth Bennet. The guy who played Darcy wasn't horrible, but no one could follow Colin Firth. The film just didn't do justice to the story. I won't watch it again. It's not worth my time.

  2. OH MY GOODNESS, that Barbie movie is hilarious. Laughed out loud. I love it when people spend time doing such frivolous things for the rest of us to enjoy.

    Oh, and there is only one true P&P. It does not contain Keira Knightly or Barbies. You are dead-on there.

  3. That is so funny! Yes, it took me watching the newer version to realize how good the older one really was.

  4. OH that is way funny!!! I had to email it to some of my friends:)!!!!!!

  5. Oh, I don't know. There are somethings about the newer movie that I just love. That scene at the end when we watch Mr. Darcy cross the field to see Elizabeth and then his voice catches with emotion as he says "I love you." That I can watch over and over. I also think they did a better job on Jane. I don't really like Jane in the A&E. Mr. Collins in the new one is good, if not as slimy as the origional, and I think that Lady Katherine was bang on.

    All that said, I do agree that the old one is completely wonderful, and definately worth the six hour time commitment. My favourite moments in the old one are when they accidently meet at Pemberly and Mr. Darcy is so flustered he askes if her parents are in good health, twice. It is all wonderful, but I love that part.

    And it is too bad that in such a short version they had to cut so much of the Miss Bingley love triangle, since I liked that.

  6. Oh, I forgot to say, that in the new one they completely missed the mark on Miss Darcy. In the book she is shy and is mistaken for being proud, as well as being very elegantly dressed. In the new movie she bounds straight over to Elizabeth an insists she plays a duet with her, her hair is down and she is wearing a simple dress. So off base on that one.

    okay, I think I'm done.

  7. I will admit I like the costumes and the scenery/settings in the second version. There was a glitzy, wow factor, in a total Hollywood way.

    Marie: Good points! I agree the part when imposter Mr. Darcy walked across the field to overly made up Keira (a bit too much smoky, dramatic eye make up I thought) was dramatic. I could watch Dame Judy Dench read the phone book, she is so good at everything.

    I just could not wrap my brain around Keira pretending to be Elizabeth. I only saw her trying too hard and affecting a strange nasally accent at times. It was distracting to me.

    I thought it seemed like they tried really hard to fit everything in a reasonable movie time, it felt abridged. I love escaping for hours with the A&E version, I feel more invested in the characters.

    Stie: I can't imagine either someone actually making the Barbie video (or any other one really), so tedious...but it's fun to watch!

  8. you are funny. I have to admit, still never saw the movie. sigh.

  9. I have to comment on this post! Colin Firth's & Jennifer Ehle's P&P is the ONLY one to watch! I cannot believe they put that other, pathetic excuse for a movie, in the theatres! It is so horrible in so many ways. Why on earth would Mr. Darcy fall in love with a giggly immature girl? In the A&E version you can totally understand why. Thanks for leaving that post! I've done a lot of ranting about it since the Kiera Knightly one came out.

  10. Isn't it amazing how passionate we can get about this topic? I mean...forget who'd make the best US Pres...it's all about who makes the best President Darcy (which is, of course, Senator Firth)!

  11. OH! MY! GOSH! I am laughing so hard at that video right now!! Too hilarious!
    The A&E version will forever be perfect in my eyes. I can't even count how many times I've watched all six hours of it.

  12. I am cracking up at the Barbie video! Someone has a lot of time on their hands...LOL! Anyway, the only version I have seen of this movie is the one with Keira in it and thought it was fine(cue the audible gasp). Due to all of the comments above, I will definitely have to check out the longer version (when I have time!) and see it. I do so much love period movies!


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