Sets and Scenery
The Pemberley in the 1995 version is a beautiful building. I think it looks a little newer than the other. The pillars in the front are most eye-catching. The Bennets live in what is, by Regency standards, a modest house. Thankfully, no animals wander through at their own times. There is some beautiful scenery to be seen in this movie…and really, in either version.
Personally, I love the 1995 P&P soundtrack, but some of that is no doubt due to the fact that I do love the movie. This soundtrack is light and lively and bright and I like it. But as you know if you know anything about the P&P movies, the soundtrack for the 2005 version is stunning. Everyone loves it, and with good reason. Make sure you listen to it!
It may seem strange that I’m comparing the hairstyles when I didn’t do costumes…but I didn’t claim that this would be a comprehensive and complete comparison, so don’t fault me please. In the 1995 version, Lizzy especially displays several lovely hairstyles, that are obviously very complicated and took time to put up. Her hair is practically always neat. Lizzy in the 2005 P&P often has messy hair, by comparison – a bun that’s falling down, or even loose hair (which, for night, is understandable). Even for her important ball (that is, the Netherfield one where she dances with Darcy) her hair is up in a pretty but messy style. She has an occasional neat one, but in general, her hairstyles are what I might expect to see on a tomboy of a girl like Jo March from Little Women, but not on a young English woman.
Then of course, we must briefly touch on the hair of the Darcies. Or would it be Darcys? Your pick. Mr. Darcy (that is, THE Mr. Darcy aka Colin Firth from the 1995) has impeccable hair. Except for after swimming, when it’s…well, looks like it went swimming. Despite rather a tumult of curls, it’s as neat as it can be for that length. I suppose one could say almost the same thing about the 2005 Darcy’s hair…as neat as it can be for that length. But it shouldn’t be that long! It is in a perpetual state (rather like Elizabeth’s) of messy! Which, for a man as meticulous as Darcy, is bad…he wouldn’t have hair like that. In my ever humble opinion.
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Darcy’s First Proposal: In the 1995 version, Mr. Darcy speaks in a sensible, down-putting way, biting out his words and obviously believing himself to be conferring a favor. The 2005 version portrays him as if perhaps he really does love her – he’s more loving in his words, and the way he says them. The 95 makes it more as if he is asking her because he cannot resist her wit and looks. Then too, there’s the setting. If I remember right, the 1995 one is quite exact to the book – Lizzy is spending some peaceful time at home reading letters, and is interrupted by Darcy (this happens at least one other time, so I may be confused). But in the 2005 one! Lizzy hurries out of church, runs through the rain, and then stands, only to discover to her dismay that Darcy has chased her. Panting (and dripping wet), he states his proposal. That scene…well, it didn’t help my love for the movie.
But the 2005 version! Excuse me while I take a deep breath and try to calm down…
Well, clearly, the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice did not come out on top as my favorite version. I love the 1995 one – I’ve seen it more than any other MOVIE in my life. Or TV series. Or what have you. That comes to a lot of times. The 2005 version has a few pros, but overall, my allegiance is (and likely always will be) to the 1995 version.
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