“You must know… surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I’d scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” – Mr. Darcy
Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Oct 2019)
Brief Synopsis – In 19th Century England, a family with five daughters must work hard to get them al married since they will not be able to inherit the family estate from their father.
My Take on it – I am not the biggest fan of Costume Dramas or Jane Austen stories and have avoided this film for years.
Since I’m now on a quest to watch all films that have received Oscar nominations for its performances, I finally decided to see what this film was all about.
Unfortunately, the story is quite boring and tedious and the fact that everything feels very rushed the whole way through doesn’t help matter at all.
The story moves at a rapid pace since it has so many characters to deal with and that makes things more confusing than they probably should be.
The result is that these characters aren’t developed well enough and leave the viewer wanting to know so much more about them.
The film’s cast is quite good and actually help elevate things more than they probably should.
It was great seeing Donald Sutherland and Judi Dench as the parents of the 5 women and they are able to adds so much more to the enjoyment of this story.
Keira Knightley does a nice job with the lead character but since she also isn;t developed well enough adding in the fact that even her story feels rushed, we aren’t given enough of a reason to care about her since she too gets lost in the shuffle.
She was somehow able to get an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her work here even though I’m a bit curious to understand how she was successful in getting such accolades for this role.
Bottom Line – Pretty boring and tedious costume drama that feels too rushed which takes so much away from it. The story gets quite confusing as it moves rapidly between each of the various suitors of the young women without having the chance to develop the girls or suitors properly. The cast of this film is quite good and they elevate the film more than it probably deserves to be. It was great seeing Sutherland and Dench as the parents since it adds so much to the story. Knightley does a fine job with her lead role here even if things move along too quickly and we aren’t given enough time and scenes to really be endeared by her character. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance here and I’m still not convinced that she was deserving of such an accolade.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Joe Wright managed to cast Judi Dench reportedly by writing her a letter saying ‘I love it when you play a bitch’, and petitioned Donald Sutherland to take the part of Mr Bennet. As Wright said in an interview in 2005, “We ended up having a long email correspondence about everything from 18th-century agriculture to my relationship with my father. I cast Donald a) because he’s a god, and b) because you needed someone of that strength to handle those six women.” On a similar note, he mentioned he was “reluctant” to cast Simon Woods as Mr Bingley, as he had previously been in a relationship with actress Rosamund Pike: “‘I tried very hard not to cast Simon, but I knew he was perfect. Finally I rang Ros and asked if she’d mind, and she said, “Absolutely not”. They hadn’t seen each other for two years but the next day they were dancing together. It was lovely”. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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