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Lord of the Rings (buckle up, this is long)

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Sophia – We watch this series in its entirety a couple of times every year. Especially when our society is in the throes of something particularly insipid (*AHEM*twilight*), we take solace in the awesomeness that is LOtR. The word epic gets thrown around a lot, but according to Oxford Dictionary online, one of the definitions of epic is, “a long film, book or other work portraying heroic deeds and adventures or covering an extended period of time.” Now, we all know that the internets cannot lie. So, this is a true Epic Adventure story. This is one of the few series that we watch, in it’s entirety, every single year. We can quote massive portions of it and often yell, to the chagrin of whatever company we might be keeping, “Yeah! Why can’t we have some MEAT?!”

Peter Jackson’s attention to detail is pretty staggering, and if we were all die-hard fans I might regale you with stories of the artisans hired to make so much chain mail that they wore their own fingerprints off, or how Aragorn actually broke his toe when he kicked the uruk hai helmet when they were filming the scene where they were chasing after Merry and Pippen….but I won’t do that. Instead, I’ll tell you that from the impeccable casting to the intricate costumes to the breathtaking soundtrack, this movie is worth watching, in it’s extended form, on a regular basis.

High points:

  • Sam carrying Frodo up Mount Doom. I weep every.single.time.
  • Merry and Pippen’s feast at Isengard. I love how they can find joy and laughter even as war and destruction threaten their home.
  • Boromir. He’s deeply flawed, but so desperately wishes to do what’s right that he’s willing to pay the ultimate price to redeem himself. Tell me that doesn’t hit close to home with any of you.
  • The uruk hai being born. Reminds me of Arabella in the mornings.

Arabella – Let’s just start out by saying that this series is so completely awesome that not even Hiddles could make it better. This is, flat out, hands down, my absolute favourite series of movies in the whole entire history of ever. I’m going to attempt to keep my comments brief and more of an overview but we may need to break these reviews down to a movie-by-movie situation! Mainly because there are so many amazing things to talk about.

I want to start out by stating unequivocally that I am a fan of the extended editions. The more I can get of this movie, the happier I am! I’m secretly planning on breaking into Jackson’s house and making off with the entirety of the footage from the 15+ months they spent shooting. I don’t care if it’s an accidental shot of a bug crawling up the side of Gandalf’s head, I want to SEE it! I think that, when it boils down to it, I really love these movies so much because of 3 main things (and a zillion less main things). #1 – The language that is used. Not bad language, just to be clear. They don’t use any of that. But the high British terminology and poetic, descriptive language that they use. This works well when they’re talking to each other about problems (danger and sunrise sound so much cooler when you say “A red sun rises…blood has been spilled this night” than if you just uncouthly blurted out “The sun is red, y’allses! We is gonna DIE!”) and when they’re reflecting on the nature of humanity (“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” Yeah they can! You go, Frodo!). It also definitely helps create a world different from the one we live in today, devoid of yolos and inscrutable text speak, and rich with the sounds of the medieval. This is exactly why I have basically memorized all 12 hours of this movie and refuse to watch it without quoting along to the delicious descriptions. I swoon…#2 – The loyalty, heroism, and sacrifice. This is cheating, I know…it’s three things in one. But they’re all related so I lump them together! This reason is why I love Faramir so so so so MUCH!! He is deeply loyal to his family and city, to the point that he will ride off straight into the jaws of death at the insane whim of his father. That is impressively loyal! That and he really wants to win his father’s love. But who doesn’t? And don’t even get me started on Samwise! I mean, sacrifice, loyalty, and heroism all lumped into one precious character! Incredible.(Speaking of Samwise; there’s no time to address it here as I can already hear Sophia’s disapproving ‘tut’s at my verboseness but the Samwise/Frodo relationship is a wonderful picture of deep, masculine love completely devoid of sexual love that society today seems to think cannot exist. For further discussion, message me or leave a comment!) #3 – The detail that Jackson puts into the creation of this world is one of the clinchers for me. You have characters who walk through a set once and you can’t see anything clearly but you know Jackson had 3 master craftsmen chiseling Celtic scroll-work into the faux stone walls for 6 days before they shot that scene and it gives marvelous depth and believably not just to that scene, but to the entire Middle Earth we saw on screen. It is every inch the world that Tolkien describes in the book…that’s probably why he went over budget so much…whoops!! AND, not that you’re asking but I’ll say it anyway, this is one of the biggest beefs I have with the Hobbit movies. There’s no depth and detail to the world. They are overly-stuffed cheap video game knock off versions of the much better LOTR movies. But that’s another blog post!

So, in conclusion, please do yourself a favour and acquaint yourself with the world of Frodo and Gandalf and the one ring and the ultimate struggle between good and evil…there’s just so much to love…especially Faramir…

Favorite Line: There really are so many it’s virtually impossible to choose. But “War will make corpses of us all.” sticks in my mind every time I hear it. This line brilliantly encapsulates the toll that war takes on everyone, whether they survive the fighting or not.

Obscenities – virtually none. Definitely some name-calling, but if I were facing an army of evil, I’d probably do some name-calling.

Sex – There’s some smooching, as there should be in any epic save-the-earth story.

Audience – For the sake of the scary factor, I’d say this might not be awesome for little kids, but I’ve read the Hobbit to pretty small children, so this is definitely a did-by-did basis choice. There are bad guys, and they can be pretty scary. And there are serious consequences for those who chose evil. They can elicit some great conversations, but maybe also some nightmares.

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Anzac Girls

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Sophia – We noticed this show pop up on Acorn TV, so decided that we’d give it a try. What we realized right out the gate is that we are woefully ignorant of the involvement of Australia and New Zealand in the World Wars! We even paused the show half-way through the first episode so that we could do a bit of research and have a better historical context for what was going on. (Yes, we are nerds, and fully at peace with it).

This is an excellent show. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s a period drama/historical fan. The story drags you into the emotional upheaval that these women experienced. They all had a “stars-in-their-eyes” approach to nursing until they were presented with the stark, horrific reality of what warfare was during the Great War. One of the themes that I can absolutely get behind and cannot recommend enough is that of friendship. These women clung to their relationships with each other as they nursed their countrymen. Through heartbreak, loneliness, emotional scarring, disrespect from the army, struggling with PTSD and the loss of their innocent view of the world, they had each other. More than that, they made their friendships a top priority. It’s beautiful to watch.

Both army brass and soldiers alike had a low opinion of the nurses during the war. They were “just nurses” and weren’t built to “deal with the reality of war,” and these women absolutely proved them wrong – some were even awarded with military honors only given out to the most heroic of soldiers. We cheered for that part!

Note: The main characters were real women who nursed during World War I, so these stories are dominantly verbatim re-tellings of the actual events of their lives. Because of this, there are sometimes slightly awkward transitions and plot developments. This dominantly presents itself in the last episode with an old flame turning up for one of the characters. He kinda comes out of nowhere. In real life, things don’t always work smoothly – I keep sending Bucky Barnes love letters and I just keep getting restraining orders in return . No declaration of love in the midst of a light rainfall or anything! It’s almost like I should just stop trying!!!

Arabella – Arabella started a new job in the past couple of weeks, which has been taking up all of her time! She’ll be back for our next review!

Obscenities– Nothing. Like, nothing at all, and then, 30 minutes from the end of the last episode, there’s one F word. It’s like, “What?!” If you want to avoid it, it’s when the camp get’s bombed for the first time. Yikes.

Sex – Two of the characters get earthy in the first episode – and you WAY see it coming. No idea how much they show because of our aforementioned skipping.

Note: there is a truly beautiful scene between a husband and wife in the last episode. He’s just come from the front and she undresses and bathes him. They don’t show anything inappropriate at all, and it’s an extremely touching display of her love and care for him, and of his trust in her.

Audience – This movie is about war, and they spare no expense in the gruesome reality of what that looked like for nurses. The injuries look real, and are sometimes startling. There is also very realistic depictions of the emotional trauma that soldiers and nurses alike had to endure. The viewer should probably have the emotional maturity to cope with these things.

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Brooklyn (2015)

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Sophia – The time period was what first drew my attention to this movie. I have really enjoyed some of the other work of Saoirse Ronan (I’m still not sure how to pronounce that), so I figured we could give it a try. If I could wrap this movie up in one word it would be this: Disjointed. I’m not sure if that’s a result of the story, the acting, the directing, the editing, but it doesn’t flow. It’s the kind of movie where you finish it, look at each other and say, “uhhh, it was….ok?”

Story line: Innocent, naive, but self-possessed Irish girl moves to Brooklyn to make a better life for herself. Family-friendly tone is smashed to bits when her cabin-mate on the voyage to NYC spews out misplaced, unnecessary language. There was literally NO reason to react that way, lady. Stop trying to be currently relevant *eye roll*

She gets a job, makes friends, finds herself, meets a guy, falls in love, becomes independent, takes the plunge – gets married, and then gets terrible news from home and has to return. And then….AND THEN!!! *grrr….snort* seemingly forgets about the character she’s supposed to have and the growth she’s supposedly made and is like “Hurdy, gurdy, gurdy – maybe I’ll just abandon everything I’ve come to believe in and behave like a simpering 12-year-old” – I know I’m super subtle, but that part was irritating. There’s a relatively satisfying conclusion, but the conflict was either grossly under-developed or just reeeeeally dumb.

Final thoughts: Costumes were UH-MAY-ZING. Music was fun, but could have utilized the Irish influence WAY more, and in a much better way. That was disappointing.

Arabella – Hmmm…yet another movie devoid of a Hiddles. Disappointing how under utilized that man is. BUT! This movie was definitely enjoyable as I was in the midst of watching it! At the end, though… The storyline is captivating and I’m always a sucker for UK accents in a period drama. You were definitely carried along as this innocent young girl (Eilis – pronounced AYH-lish…gorgeous!!) moves from her small hometown in Ireland to the brash and terrifying world of New York, tries to make friends and do well in her job, and ultimately falls for (and marries…that’s important) a heart-on-the-sleeve Italian guy. Adorbs. Then the movie decides it no longer wants to be going in this direction so the character is dragged back to Ireland to meet a lovely, rich Irish guy of good standing (Mad-Eye Moody’s son and the evil Hitler character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens…think red-headed and shouty…), get a job that she really likes and is good at, and fall in love/confusion all over again as she tries to decide which life she wants to lead. It’s mightily irritating because she leads on this nice Irish guy (I’m also a fan of his brother’s acting. Such an artistic dynasty! Just…without the inbreeding and killing that most dynasties include…) and then *SPOILER ALERT!!* when she decides to go back to her husband like an adult and moral person, she DOESN’T EVEN TELL THE IRISH GUY TO HIS FACE!!! She cowards out and writes him a note, slipped through his mail slot. Sheeeeeesh! Could you BE any more offensive?! So…anyway…all in all, it’s an irritating movie. But the costumes are cute! And several characters have Irish accents! That’s something…

Favourite Line: “And then I went up to his face and told him the truth, like a brave person. I said ‘Thanks for the proposal but I’m already married.’ and that was that. Because we’re both adults and we act like adults.” – Ok, I made up this quote. Mainly because it’s what I wish she would have said…

Obscenities– There is the aforementioned language and then a relatively small smattering of other language thrown in throughout the movie. The problem with the language in this movie is that 1) it’s not predictable and 2) it’s really REALLY unnecessary. Because of the heavy Irish influence in the movie, the exclamations tend to have religious bents to them, which is most unappreciated.

Sex – Ok, we have a confession. We’re scene skippers. We saw the scene coming from a MILE away, and we skipped it. To sum up – they get married and then get earthy. We love the term earthy, and we’ll probably use it a lot. P&S definition of earthy: Any and all forms of doing the sexes. We know it happens, we just don’t want to see it.

Also, this is a movie about people falling in love, so there is various and sundry smooching throughout the movie. It’s a pretty cute relationship, so the romance is endearing, but if affection makes you uncomfortable, this might not be the movie for you. Also, maybe get some help for that.

Audience – If you’re a teen who understands the basics of relationships, this movie is probably fine for you. Maybe still watch it with someone older so that you get an answer when you ask the inevitable question, “Why is she being such a twang-doodle?!”

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Captain America: Civil War

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Sophia – I have to say first and foremost – TEAM BUCKY!! But on the chance my preference for him be mistakenly attributed solely to his chiseled jaw and tortured bad-boy persona, “let me ‘splain. No, it would take too long, let me sum up” (you’re welcome) –  I’m a Bucky fan because of his friendship with Steve. Now, in this movie and in Winter Soldier, Steve is the one trying to save and care for Bucky, but let’s rewind. Let’s rewind to a bullied, overlooked, orphaned Steve from Brooklyn who had this friend, Bucky, who just wouldn’t quit on him. Bucky, who came to Steve’s defence in a fistfight and tried to get him dates and brought Steve into his family when Steve had lost his own. That…THAT is why I am team Bucky. *steps off soapbox*

I have two words for you – motorcycle scene. You’ll know it when you see it. *SO* *AWESOME*

I have four more words for you – Steve holding the helicopter. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! *gasp* AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!! No, seriously, you cannot miss it.

So, one of my personal beefs with the Marvel universe has always been Tony Stark. He’s…just….ugh! Arrogant, entitled, playboy – sure, I get that. But he sees the consequences of his choices and is tortured by them and then, naturally, goes out and MAKES THE SAME CHOICES!! I repeat….ugh. Until now. In this movie, we see Tony making choices that will limit his seemingly limitless power, we see him broken by the suffering of others (both strangers and friends), and we see him being willing to let go of things that he’s held onto so closely because he sees that it might be better if he’s not holding them (i.e. Pepper).

Note on the soundtrack – part of the soundtrack was choral and it was very cool. I don’t always notice the music in these because it’s basically Jerry Bruckheimer on steroids, with the exception of some awesomeness whenever Iron Man enters the scene.

Arabella – Ok. Interesting. I wasn’t expecting to like this movie as much as I did. Over the past few years and the accompanying 7 million Marvel movies that Disney has been cramming down our throats, I lost the magic. Unsurprisingly, something about a massive soulless corporation out to make billions of dollars from every uninspired superhero fist-fight-on-steroids makes me think they don’t really care about emotional stakes or believable character development. Tragically, all they have to do is slap some terribly awkward dialogue in between wildly ripped men smashing the life out of each other and scores of people will come to see it…including me. But I make sure to loudly complain about how stupid and unbelievable the Marvel universe has become! So I take my stand. And while Civil War stuck to the Marvel recipe for success, at least this time they gave me a movie I could enjoy along the way.

So the things that I really enjoyed about this movie shall be listed first. Mostly, I really enjoyed seeing a division between characters that care for each other, think that they’re morally right and those that disagree are morally wrong, and feel the need to take a stand against each other, no matter how difficult that may be. I feel like the emotional oompf was back in this movie because beating a bad guy and subsequently removing them from the story has a vastly different feel from beating a friend whom you love but with whom you deeply disagree. That means more and has more weight, both for character development as well as audience enjoyment. The central conflict is between Captain America (obvsie!) and Iron Man, with the peripheral characters drawn in by necessity,  and it culminates in a VERY INTENSE!!! fight scene at the end of the movie. So much punching, but the movie has set up the emotional weight behind each blow and we can see very clearly on the character’s faces that every second of this is breaking something between them. All of this is laid against a backdrop of beeeeeeeeautiful, swelling orchestral music, highlighting the wild emotional intensity as Cap and Iron Man furiously fight towards the end. It’s just…wow. Yeah. I’m a fan! I’m also a fan of the lighter, more fun (?!) fight scenes. The motorcycle scene Sophia mentions, while defying many laws of physics, is pretty cool and there’s a scene where a lot of the characters come to fisticuffs with the aforementioned super awesome (but tragically brainwashed) Bucky, and the choreography for that scene is mightily enjoyable for me!

The things I don’t like are fairly easy to predict. There is unnecessary language in the movie and a whole (mercifully short!) scene of unnecessary exposition that is in the movie (I can only assume) ONLY to set up a storyline that they will later develop. I’m not sure if they were trying to sneak in something that is meant to be a surprise later but it was so awkward and oddly-placed that they may as well have had a giant neon sign flashing “THIS WILL COME UP AGAIN!!!! PAY SOME ATTENTION BUT NOT ENOUGH TO NOT BE SHOCKED AT THE BIG REVEAL!!!!! Oh! And also…WE THINK YOU’RE A BIT STUPID AS AN AUDIENCE!”…it would have to be a very large sign…

Favourite Line: Iron Man: Do you even remember them?” Bucky: “I remember all of them.” – It doesn’t have a lot of weight until you watch the movie but once you do you realize what kind of demons Bucky faces every day. Deeply moving…

Favourite funny line: “Are you Tony…Stank?” – Hee hee hee…one of the only Stan Lee appearances I like!

Obscenities – There is a smattering of what the cool kids are calling “mild obscenities” throughout the movie. There are also a handful of religious exclamations. The “nice” thing about these kinds of movies is that if you’re trying to avoid language, you’ll eliminate a lot of it by muting character’s reaction to the receipt of bad news – it’s pretty predictable.

Sex – There’s a kiss, and the reaction to it was hilarious. I laughed uproariously. Poor Steve just needs someone to LOVE him!

Audience – This is an action/superhero movie. There is fighting, violence and explosions. This should not be a shock to you, but if it is, well, you probably won’t get the whole tone of this blog anyway. Also, there are torture scenes. So, even older kids who are sensitive might be bothered by that.

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Sense & Sensibility (1995/2008)

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Sophia – Both of these versions are really, REALLY good. The 1995 version has Emma Thompson in it, and, well, it’s EMMA THOMPSON. So, that makes it amazing. The relationship between Marianne and Elinor was very much like best friends, with Thompson brilliantly playing the ever-so-slightly-bossy older sister. The scene where Marianne is sick and Elinor is begging her to stay alive? I weep. EVERY. TIME. The 2008 version’s relationship was a lot more big sister/little sister. While they were still affectionate and close, Elinor’s protective side toward Marianne was very dominant. The one area where I feel the 2008 vastly outshines the 1995 is in the scene after Marianne falls sick. Willoughby comes to visit and Elinor lays out some smack-down that this older sister can’t help but cheer on. He’s like, “Whine, whine, my life isn’t what I want,” and she’s like, “get……….out” – MIC DROP!

OK, let’s be honest – 1995 brought us a Mr. McHottie-Pants in the form of Willoughby. 2008 was fine, and quite charming, but he’s no McHottie-Pants.

Both of these versions have exceptionally beautiful soundtracks. The 2008 has AMAZING landscape shots that make me want to go to the English coastal countryside immediately.

Fun Fact: Emma Thompson went on to marry Greg Wise (the aforementioned McHottie Willoughly) whom she met on the set of S&S – that woman has good taste.

Arabella – Hiddleston sightings – nil. So there’s that. On with the business at hand! This is a good story and I love seeing it adapted! I’ve always been a fan of Margaret (the youngest sister) as a rare glimpse of childhood in the Regency era. I feel like there’s a good amount of screen time devoted to her in both versions of the story and plenty of cringe-worthy social blunders that make her family incredibly uncomfortable. “Yeah my sister DOES like someone! I won’t tell you who it is but I’ll give you enough fodder to gossip on about it for the rest of the movie! After all, what else do you have to do?”. I am also a giant fan of sister stories (for no obvious reason I can think of) but I have yet to meet a Marianne that I can get behind. Her character is written in such a way that she is completely self-absorbed and blind to the emotional situation of anyone else. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE how dramatic and hopelessly romantic Marianne is. Are you sad and upset? Morbid poetry and long walks in the rain are basically the only cure. BUT Marianne is so absorbed with her own feelings that she has no concept that Elinor is suffering, too. NOT COOL! That is your sister, brah! Smarten up! Just once I would love to see the Marianne/Elinor relationship played more as best friends and less as close-acquaintances-who-happen-to-be-related. The 2008 version softens the harsh lines of this sister relationship a little better than the 1995 version but neither are awesome.

We must now discuss my 2 favourite characters in this story! We shall start with the shy and withdrawn Edward Ferrars. You now know the correct spelling of that character’s name! Merry Christmas. The 2008 version of him is definitely the best! 1995’s Hugh Grant is a bit wooden and boring in his portrayal of ‘shy’ and I have a hard time believing that Emma Thomson could fall for his drone and the weird mask-like quality of his face. Plus his Regency-style shirt collar and cravat is waaaaaay too tall (eliminating his neck entirely) and makes it look like someone stole Hugh’s head and balanced it precariously on a Regency Ken doll’s body. Just sayin’. You can’t unsee that now. My second favourite is…wait for it…Colonel Brandon! Duh. How could you not love this guy? He’s sensitive and sweet and has heartbreak in his past, making him strong and silent and incredibly defensive of those he loves. I’m a sucker for that. While I do enjoy the extra time for Brandon character development in the 2008 version, no one could replace Alan Rickman and his beautiful bass voice.

Favorite Line: 1995 – “No voice divine the storm ALLAY’D! No LIGHT propitious SHONE. When snatched from all effectual aAaAAID…we perished each alone.”                                          2008 – I can’t think of one I like best of all. Let’s go with…all of them? It’s a cop out, I know…I fail…

Obscenities – Nothing to speak of in 1995. 2008 has some mild obscenities, but nothing drastically offensive.

Sex – The 2008 version includes a completely unnecessary, but very skip-able scene (it’s the very first scene), where you see Willoughby in a dalliance with the young woman he later abandons. It’s less explicit and graphic and more, “Why is it so dark? Is that a leg or an arm? WHAT IS GOING ON?!”

Audience – Once again this is a costume drama and the conversation style is correspondingly awesome so if anyone objects to that they should stay away…from the movie and probably from this blog, too.

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Pride and Prejudice (1995/2005)

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To honor the name of the blog, we figured we should start with the classics. So, we’ll be reviewing the different, but relatively recent, versions of some favourites. 

Sophia – I am a 1995 fan 100% of the time. The length gives time for character development, a believable change of opinion both on the side of Lizzy and  Darcy, and increased screen time for extraneous characters (never have I been so creeped out as I was with this version of Collins. Why are you sweating so much?!?!) The music is exquisite and this is, by far, the best Mrs. Bennet I’ve seen. Love it.

The 2005 is just so very contemporary. It’s accessible to a wider audience who don’t appreciate a 5.5 hour run time or the confusing social rules that reigned over the regency era, but they came dangerously close to desiccating a literary staple via one essential element: Lizzy. No, just…..no. Though I will consent that the music is breathtakingly beautiful.

Arabella – Ok so there was no Tom Hiddleston in either version of this movie so neither can be a perfect 10 in my books.

I do agree with Sophia that the 1995 version is significantly more enjoyable. The longer run time gives a much better background of social norms against which we can lay the characters and allow them to come alive. This is most significantly seen with Lizzy, who was written to be a spirited and independent woman in a time when that simply wasn’t the way women were to behave *insert super posh Humpf-ing and indignant nose-sniffing*. This version allows time and detail to be put into a lavish understanding of cultural and societal norms and subsequently why her vivacious personality could be at first so off-putting (and then so very AAAAWN-putting!!) to Mr. Darcy, and the same can be said for all of the characters in the story. Through this attention to detail we understand why Lydia’s elopement is a social death sentence to the family, how good old McDarcy-pants would feel to be engaged from childhood to his cousin (ewww!! Although it was a thing…but EWWW!!) for which he didn’t care at all, and just how utterly thrilling it would be to have a single Mr. Money-buckets move in next door to a family of single girls (SUCH a drain on the bank account…). Also, Mr. Darcy’s curly black hair and delightful sideburns, gorgeously modeled by Colin Firth? Yeah, that’s pretty much the best. Besides all this you get to enjoy gorgeous costumes, mesmerizing hairstyles, and Mr. Toad Collins stuffing his face to gagging capacity. What’s not to love?!

Favorite Line: “I believe it is of great doc-try-nal import, sir.”  – I basically just love the way she pronounces doctrinal.

2005 version…hmmm…so much to say. I shall attempt to be brief. This movie was awful and has very few redeeming qualities. Brief enough? Ok fine. My biggest beef with this movie is that Lizzy’s character was presented in entirely too modern a way. The character was intended to be independent and spirited but either through a flaw in acting or writing, instead she came off as a sexed-up tease who leads with her lips and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why upstanding Mr. Darcy (brilliantly portrayed by Matthew Macfadyen) would ever be attracted to her sultry pout and hate-all-the-controlling-men vibe. The ’empowering’ speech she made to Mr. Collins when she rejected his proposal actually made me feel sorry for a man who seemed to be socially awkward and merely responding to the ‘stay away come get me’ messages she was throwing out with every eyelash bat and collarbone-enhancing gasp of indignation. And I cannot end this review without mentioning my bone-chilling disgust with the whole ‘walking through the sunrise-kissed fields in nighties’ scene. Do we really think either of them would set a toe outside their own rooms clad so informally, especially when one of them is related to the peerage?!?! I mean, people in history did socially inappropriate things, don’t get me wrong, but I’m pretty sure a man whose income was ten thousand pounds a year wouldn’t go wandering around outside half dressed just because he was a bit love sick. He wasn’t a peasant, after all! I find this all keenly disappointing, too, because with a shorter run time (and absolutely beautiful music!), this is definitely the version that most people will watch. Why, people?! History is judging you…

Favourite Line: The End

Obscenities– Nothing of current significance in either. 2005 does have 2 religious exclamations.

Sex – 2005 has some innuendo for the sake of grabbing audience attention *insert look of snobbish disdain*

Audience – (1995) is appropriate for pretty much anyone, though the excessive dialogue may not be engaging for younger audiences or troglodytes. (2005) has more obvious emotional angst that might be upsetting for more sensitive youngsters and anyone who’s remotely aware of the rules of etiquette for this time period.