Pride and Prejudice – BBC review

Miz has never read, nor watched, any adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. SHOCK. This is much to the horror of every female she knows. Turns out P&P is a favourite of high school friends, university pals, book club girls, and work colleagues. To have not seen the BBC adaptation seems to be close to a social faux pas and at the risk of losing many of her friends, she sat down over two consecutive Sundays (yes of course with bubbles) to watch Mr Darcy and the Bennets. Herewith are Miz’s thoughts.

I get the feeling that the first version of P&P that you watch, you will fall in love with that particular pairing of Darcy and Bennet. That’s why my friends made me watch the 1995 BBC version before any other (and yes I’ll probably watch the Kiera movie but I’ve been warned that I won’t like it, and I would be interested to watch the 1940s version as well). I figure that each female generation will have their own Mr Darcy: Firth is ours and he always will be no matter what role he takes on (by the way, I still think his role in ‘A Single Man’ is one of his most amazing).

What did I think about Darcy? Colin Firth is a dreamboat. Fencing, swimming in the lake, taking a bath. Not going to lie, he’s an excellent choice for Darcy. Dark, brooding, can convey a series of emotions through his eyes and eyebrows. BUT I have to say, I’m not sure whether I liked the Darcy character as much as others do. Yes, the characterisation of him by Firth was excellent, but I did find Darcy to be a bit of a brooder. Yes, I realise that is the reason behind the whole series – so maybe if I re-watched it I would change my mind. Also, he had the best wardrobe out of everyone. AND the sexual tension between him and Lizzie was excellent.

Favourite scene? Lizzy and Catherine de Bourugh in the garden where they are spitting tacks at one another. Closely followed by the dancing scene at the Netherfield Ball – so many skips and hops that one can’t help but be amused.

Who is my favourite character? I have quite a few favourite characters, but I think Mr Bennet is probably my favourite: “Oh, Mr. BENNET!”  He’s bookish as well as sassy, and snaps for him trying to hold his own in his family full of different (and difficult) female personalities. His interactions with his daughters (particularly Lizzy) was enjoyable.

What character would I most like to play? Lydia. She was trouble and I loved every second of her young, scandalous life. She was just so oblivious to all the eye-rolling and wheeling and dealings happening around her. Totes lol! I loved the character of Collins for the same reason – creepy, slick, slimy, and enjoyable hand gestures that I shall be trying to replicate! Also, anyone else think that Collins and Mary should have ended up together?!

What is Jane’s dealio? Us girls had a rather interesting conversation about whether Jane was meant to be simple or just naive, and then related that she wasn’t very pretty in this 1995 version (“homely” more than “beautiful” which is what she is meant to be if you’re being true to the book). I suspect I’ll like the physical nature of Jane in the movie the best.

Special effects: In 1995 the special effects were amazing. Reflections on glass. Good times.

Telephone: I couldn’t help but think if there were such things are telephones, mobiles, emails or txts, then the whole thing wouldn’t have blown up. But then if the whole thing hadn’t blown up, then Darcy wouldn’t have professed his actual love yadda yadda. I would love to see a modern adaptation involving txt messages.

Winking: I generally wished for more winking in this show. Like a come hither wink. I also wanted more pashing. Screw these traditional values.

Pemberly House: Wants it. I didn’t appreciate that Lizzie was so materialistic and I have to banish the thought that she only really fell for Darcy after she saw his house.

(PS Hilarious byte-sized English literature plot summary in video form)

Anyone want to watch the 1940s version with me in a few weekends time?? J

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TV wrap: (aka what else has Miz been watching? )

Over the last couple of months Miz (with and without the help of TechSupport) has finished quite a few seasons of various tv shows. She feels that this blog wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a few of her thoughts about these shows …

Hannibal (season one) – Miz is a fan of serial killer dramas, criminal dramas, gory clever dramas. And this 2013 show was no exception. Parts of the series was slow going, but the cinematography and symbolism throughout the season was outstanding. The protrayal of Dr Lector by Mads Mikkelsen was mesmoirising and very very creepy, especially the scenes involving his masterful cooking of various body parts served to unsuspecting individuals. Season two has been ordered by NBC and promises another 13 episodes where Will Graham (who is a honey and played by High Dancy!) knows the truth about Lector, but whether he can convince everyone else that he is sane, is another question. However if you have a weak stomach for violence or thrillers, Miz advises discretion.

Under the Dome (season one) – Another 2013 show (this time produced at CBS) which encapsulates what happens to society when there is seemingly no law, order, food, fuel etc. It’s loosely based on the Stephen King novel and is thought provoking. The filming is fun, particularly in relation to the edges of the dome, even if some of the science is flawed (according to TechSupport) Miz is a couple of episodes away from the finale, so unsure if Barbie will emerge as the hero all the female audience wants him to be. Also been renewed for another season in 2014 which is no surprise considering how high dystopian novels and movies are incredibly popular these days.

True Blood (season 6) – Yes True Blood has got a bit weird. Yes it’s got a bit political. Yes there were only 10 episodes this season which left viewers disappointed. But Miz finds this a bit of a guilty pleasure. The love triangle between Erin, Bill and Sookie is engaging (though the books are way way better, well up until the last few…) and vampires are attractive. And how can you not watch it with an Australian and Kiwi as the leads, Pam who is so sassy, and the hottest vampire on the planet?! Rumour has it that HBO was renewed it for a seventh and final season next year. Yip, Miz will be watching this too and yelling “boobs” when such appear on screen so that TechSupport is interested!

Suits (season 3) – Part way through season 3 of Suits, we kind of tempered out of watching it. We will pick it up again but the political infighting was yawn inducing – bring back questionable moral victories by Harvey! That being said, if you haven’t watched this show, watch it. It’s LOL as well as admiring fashion tastes – and it’s super cool knowing that Harvey and Donna are best friends in real life!!

Miz just hanging with her homeboy

Finally a brief rundown of other shows that are interesting (if you’re still paying attention…):

  • QI – Starting from the beginning is hilarious. Miz likes Alan Davis; TechSupport doesn’t. Both like the jokes and the “gay agenda” is freaking hilarious c/o Mr Fry.
  • Supernautral – Up to season 3 and this is Miz’s guilty pleasure. She can watch hours of this show without blinking or moving form the couch.
  • Homeland – TechSupport and Miz watched season one and the twists were just too much. We do have season two to watch so maybe after GOT we will get to that. Nicholas Brody is portrayed pretty damn amazingly though.
  • Orange is the New Black – New series that follows the annoying Piper to prison. Strong female characters and makes for interesting tv to blob in front (and to see American Pie pie guy play an adult part).
  • Once Upon a Time and Revenge – Season 3 of these shows are about to start and Miz suspects that JJ and her will start blogging about these shows in earnest. Given the back and forth emails and facebook posts (oh the hilarity!), the big wide world might as well know what we think too!
  • How I Met Your Mother and New Girl– So course, these shows started over the last week and they are still up the top of our comedy love!! Bring them on. Every night. More please. Like reruns of Friends, I hope these are played for years to come.

Miz is good at #fangirling