Yes, I should be writing/revising, but there are times when a mom should set aside the work and go with daughters to the movies. This was one of those days.
Daughter #1, Daughter #2, and Grandson #3 (age 8 weeks) met me at Edwards 21 (yes, 21 theaters all in one building) to see the new Pride & Prejudice. This happens to be a favorite book and movie of mine. This new film version, starring Keira Knightley, is visually stunning, and the soundtrack is lovely. Keira is able to show a lot of emotion with just a glance. I wasn’t prepared to like Matthew Macfayden in the role of Mr. Darcy, but by the end of the movie, he’d won me over. Time and again as I listened to the dialog, I found myself wishing, *Oh, to be able to write like that.* My daughters and I laughed frequently.
I would give this movie a 5 out of 5 … except for the ending. Totally lame last few minutes. Definitely not written by Jane Austen. When Elizabeth Bennett is telling her Mr. Darcy what he can call her and she says something about a "goddess," I about choked. So 2005 and so not Regency England. Gag me with a spoon. Sorry for that cliche, but it is the only fitting description. Why couldn’t the filmmakers and/or screenwriters stick with the perfect prose of Ms. Austen? Anyway, that lack of judgment on someones part results in my rating dropping to a 4.5 out of 5.
Yes, I will own this version when it comes out on DVD. It will go into my video library between the 1995 six hour BBC version starring Colin Firth (be still, my heart) and the 2004 fun, contemporary, Bollywood version, Bride & Prejudice. I will watch them all at different times, listening to those wonderful turns of phrases written by Ms. Austen so long ago and find myself helplessly falling in love with Mr. Darcy all over again.
Tomorrow, I write and revise some dialog of my own.