Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Where: Amazon Prime

Rating: TV-PG

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

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