Where: Amazon Prime
Release Type: Television
Plot: Elizabeth Bennett and her four sisters must find husbands. And… “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Scoring Notes: generally a +5 is the highest I will give a component. A -5 is the lowest. If it goes beyond that, then you know I am quite serious
+20 for Colin Firth. I almost feel sorry for Colin Firth because he will be forever remembered as Mr. Darcy. At least he didn’t get type-cast and end up playing Mr. Darcy again and again and again. I mean really, now.
+10 for Jennifer Ehle. She was pure perfection.
+5 for Susanah Harker. I’ve always judged all other Janes by her.
+5 for Crispin Bonham-Carter. While I think I prefer the 2005 version, Bonham-Carter more than holds his own and is a delight as the affable Mr. Bingley.
+5 for Benjamin Whitrow for his Mr. Bennett. He is the perfect blend of long-suffering when dealing with his wife and silly daughters and showing genuine affection for his two older daughters.
Production (Writing/Directing/Soundtrack, etc…):
+10 for direction. Even though the movie is now over 20 years old, the direction still holds up reasonably well.
+7 for the sets/on location. I still drool over much of the movie.
+10 for taking its time in telling the story more fully. I’ve never read the book, but by being a 6 hour mini-series, you get to imerse yourself in their world. (Well, ok maybe not as much as Amanda does in Lost in Austen…)
+4 for family friendliness. I know several families that have no issue with showing the movie to their young children.
+20 for watching again. And again. And again.
And least I forget:
+3 for Colin Firth’s White Shirt
Total Score: 99