Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Pride and excitement

Pride and Prejudice has been keeping me inspired for days. Some films make me walk a bit taller afterwards: this one seemed to have beauty and love and energy all wrapped up in a world that just cannot exist in reality (except maybe in New York).

Such films make me want to make more effort to look fabulous, to work harder, to make films, to create something that will be as inspiring as a gorgeous love story. Some of which might translate into action. After a fairly dire summer at the cinema, it's good to feel like that after a film again.

Arnold Bennett (whose diary I'm still reading) felt similar about Charles Wyndham, who made him 'insanely inspired' every time he was in a play. Arnold was always considering taking on the life of people he admired.

Chloe is going to see it tonight, but she's nervous about Keira Knightley. Personally I like her, but any of her failings are more than made up for by Matthew MacFadyen and the set, which includes an appearance by the Peak District, where I have been, but it didn't look as nice as it does here. Perhaps she will tell us what she thought of it afterwards?


Chloe said...

I certainly will!

I'm trying not to think about stupid keira's stupid pouty mouth too much. At least she's not Angelina Jolie.

Update tomorrow!

Jess said...

Funny, my first reaction was something about incredulity that you could be so keen on a film with Keira Knightley in it. Actually, I don't dislike her as much as I think I do, because I've never seen her in something I didn't like, but that was my first reaction.

chloe said...

Unfortunately, Keira's stupid pouty mouth dominated the film. I had to close my eyes on occassion.

The film in general was good, and beautifully shot (hurrah The Roaches!) but woefully mis-cast. Brenda Blethyn was perfect though, the best thing in it. Keira was far too silly to be Lizzie!

To be fair, I have been watching the original mini series as it has been repeated on BBC4 over the last couple of weeks, and nothing could ever be a patch on that no matter how good it was.

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