Pride and Predjudice. Ok – I’ll cop to not having read the book or seen the BBC series. This is the Readers Digest version. It’s the Baz Luhrman paced version. Any dull sequences have been excised in order to keep the film tearing along like a runaway train.
The melodrama still plays well. The characters stand out even more strongly because they are never away from the screen for too long. The only problem is that the Bennett sisters (apart from our heroine, Ms Bennett) can blend together. You absorb the information that one of them has run off with Keira Knightly’s crush, but you can’t quite put your finger on which one is now missing.
Donald Sutherland is brilliant as her old father, and the wry humor keeps the audience from getting drenched in melodrama.
Matthew Macfadyen is quite dastardly as Darcy. I couldn’t put my finger on where I had seen him before, but with a little help from IMDB he was the taciturn spy in Spooks.