Last night I went to see the latest version of "Pride and Prejudice." As a big fan of the 1995 BBC miniseries (wow, 10 years ago?), I had some doubts that I could fully appreciate a remake that didn't consume an entire afternoon.
I loved it!
Two things really stood out: age-appropriate casting and verisimilitude of setting. More than any other version I've seen, the homes in this movie felt realistic for their occupants' social class and lifestyle. The Bennetts' house shows the wear and tear and clutter that you'd reasonably expect (not to mention various animals strolling through on occasion), which contrasts sharply with the grand homes of the wealthy characters.
The story was necessarily streamlined, but I didn't miss anything specific. The acting was superb and really brought out the humor of the dialogue and situations. I'll definitely want to see it again.
However, I don't think I'll go back to the theater in which I saw the movie yesterday. It was so understaffed that I could easily have foregone buying a ticket and simply walked into any movie I wanted to see (not that I would do that). They seemed to be making up for other moviegoers' ticket fraud by keeping the furnace turned off. I was so cold that I had to huddle beneath my coat throughout the entire movie.
Tonight's entertainment: an art opening followed by a pub crawl. I have a feeling I'm going to regret having stayed up so late last night!