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....that the godawful Pride and Prejudice trailer is up. And come on, we all know that Jane Austen could only be enhanced by a "trailer man" voice over. Does it say "in a world..."? It does! And not only that...
"In a world where marrying a rich man was the best a woman could hope for, Elizabeth Bennett was ahead of her time".

How so, Trailer Man? Because she, um, marries a rich man, and in fact decides to do so after having a good gawp at his enormous mansion? I mean, I love Austen (and I've always liked Miss Eliza herself), but there isn't an Austen heroine who doesn't end up marrying a rich man. Captain Wentworth? Naval superstar. Henry Tinley? He's got a freaking Abbey! The promotions people are obviously so obsessed with making the film all modern and "relevant" to an audience with no sense of history that they've decided not to make any sense at all. And the film itself looks more like Bronte-esque romanticism than Austen elegance.


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Jun. 1st, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)

Well, Kiera Knightley is an idiotic choice for Elizabeth Bennett anyway, so no suprise that other parts of this production are going to be stupid as well.

You could say that Austen's heroines were true to themselves in addition to finding rich husbands, but find them they did.
Jun. 1st, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
AGH. Did they read the FUCKING book????
Am getting a hoodie that says, "RTFB"
Jun. 1st, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: AGH. Did they read the FUCKING book????
Hee! Get one for me too!
Jun. 1st, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
Ugh. And I had no problem whatsoever with Keira Knightley as Lizzie, but now I can't be even a little bit excited about the film. Maybe a tiny bit.
Jun. 1st, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I actually don't have a problem with her either - as a pedant, I feel that it's about time that Lizzie was played by someone who actually looks like she's in her early twenties. But that trailer just looks wrong....
Jun. 1st, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
I've just watched it again, and I think that actually, without the voice over, I would be quite pleased with how the film looks. I think I quite like Keira's youthful passion as opposed to Jennifer Ehle's constrained anger. I shall just avoid all trailer voiceovers from now on and go along to see it anyway. Maybe they'll take the voiceover out for a European trailer?
Jun. 1st, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
I am so confused about the Pride & Prejudice resurgence. Why is it all about P&P these days? I don't get it! I mean, dont get me wrong, I loved the book, and I love the old series, but whaaa? Is this like, what the 21st century needs?
Jun. 1st, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
Blame Helen Fielding.
Jun. 1st, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
Duly blamed.
Jun. 2nd, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
Jun. 1st, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I'm actually less disappointed than I thought I would be, but I expected it to be soooo awful it could only be better. Also I'm too easily excited about a new Austen movie to watch and shred to bits.

But Henry Tinley didn't have an Abbey, his brother did. He was the younger son. He did have a very nice living in a rectory somewhere though.
Jun. 1st, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
And the film itself looks more like Bronte-esque romanticism than Austen elegance.

See this is what bothered me about Colin Firth's Darcy. Darcy in the book is not a repressed, brooding ass until he has his epiphany--he's a smirking, know-it-all ass who's clever with words and a charmer when he wants to be, and I so did not get that from CF's interpretation of the character. So I'll probably see this movie just to find out how they handle Darcy. I think he's the hardest character to really get right.
Jun. 2nd, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Linky, please? I need to see how horrible it is or isn't!
Jun. 2nd, 2005 06:11 am (UTC)
Aw, fuckit. Ain't no Miss Jane without the irony. And I doubt they are being ironic.

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