Today at Romance Chicks, I’m discussing three Pride and Prejudice movies. Well, one was really a miniseries, but for this post I’m going to lump them all together and ask the burning question, “Which one is your favorite?”
The first Pride and Prejudice movie made for the big screen was released in 1940. It starred Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. Ms. Garson was in her mid-thirties when she played Elizabeth Bennet and a couple of years older than Olivier.
If you’re looking for a serious production, than this isn’t for you. This film had me laughing out loud. And the ending is different from the book. But I still rate it high for its entertainment factor.
The next one to gain a wide audience was the 1995 BBC miniseries, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. It was presented on PBS in the US. This is a favorite of many Austen fans since it stays truer to the book. And Ehle and Firth have become the perfect Elizabeth and Darcy in many fans’ eyes.
In 2005 Pride and Prejudice took on the big screen again with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. This is my favorite. I loved both Knightley’s and Macfadyen’s performances. I’m ducking all you Colin Firth fans who are throwing things at me. But Macfadyen’s expressive eyes did me in when Elizabeth rejects him at the folly. Yes, I’m all but swooning while replaying it in my mind. If you don’t recall it, here is the clip.