The cast did a marvelous job. Jennifer Ehle plays the sarcastic, lively Elizabeth Bennet as if Elizabeth Bennet herself came forth from the book and acted in this miniseries. She speaks with the intelligence and wit that Jane Austen wrote into Elizabeth.
I think it's safe to say that Colin Firth is Mr. Darcy. Not only does he look the part, he acts it too! His look and attitude conveys pride throughout the first half of the series, but then there is more to his character in the second half. I thought he played Mr. Darcy really well.
Stereotypically, it might be assumed that an adaptation would be full of stuffy language that no one can understand in our modern world, and that nothing ever interesting happens in them; this stereotype is obviously wrong, and Pride and Prejudice is the proof. The language is lively and is said with animation by the whole cast. Between Mr. Bennet sarcastic remarks, Mrs. Bennet's silliness, Mr. Collins's pompousness, Mr. Darcy's pride, and Elizabeth's wit, all of the cast performed well.
|Pemberly, Mr. Darcy's home|
The costuming is beautifully constructed and decorated, and they suit the personalities and class of the characters wearing them. The rich are dressed in more expensive and elaborate clothing, while the middle class of Meryton have more simplier clothing.
|Miss Bingley and Elizabeth Bennet discuss Mr. Wickham |
at the Netherfield Ball. Notice the difference in their clothing.
|Elizabeth in Derbyshire|