Awash in Jane Austen over the past two or three days, I naturally opted, given the choice, to watch the Keira Knightly Pride and Prejudice during the flight over the Atlantic back to North America. That’s at least my third viewing. While I still prefer the much more leisurely BBC version with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, the Knightley Pride and Prejudice has its special virtues and is surprisingly good. Colin Firth seems to have captured the Darcy role, and to have established himself as The Period Heartthrob, and with justice. His 1995 Darcy was superb. And his performance in The King’s Speech deserved the Academy Award in spades. But, for the first time, I think I really began to appreciate Matthew Macfadyen’s portrayal in this version. He’s good, too.
I call it a transatlantic film not only because I watched it over the ocean but because of its (to me) curious choice of the Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, whom I first encountered when I was a teenager in the rather different film Kelly’s Heroes, to play Mr. Bennett. But he acquits himself well.
I was tired, so, though I had some good materials with me, I didn’t do any reading. Instead, I also watched The Adjustment Bureau, a very interesting film based on a story by the late Philip K. Dick. It counts as transatlantic because it co-stars Emily Blunt (of Young Victoria fame). And, because it was the first movie I could find as the flight neared completion that was short enough to fit it in before landing, I watched Safe Haven, too. Well, most of it. The flight landed early, and I missed the last few minutes. Which is, perhaps, appropriate: As far as I know, it’s not a transatlantic movie.
Posted from Atlanta, Georgia