I love the book Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, and I love the 1995 miniseries that was based on the book. I recently watched the 2005 movie version and was not impressed. I felt that it did not do justice to the novel in the same way that the miniseries does. I understand that it is difficult to condense such a long book into two hours, but it was just not satisfying. There were jumps in the plot that did not always provide enough motivation for the actions. Much of what is enjoyable about the book and the miniseries is the excellent and witty dialog, which was greatly lacking in the two hour movie. I will grant that the movie version was, perhaps, “prettier” – the lighting and filming was excellent and the thematic solo piano music was beautiful. However, I felt that it almost focused too much on the prettiness and the painting of emotions, to the detriment of the plot and the good Jane Austen lines. Most of the characters were well portrayed and it was clear that the actress playing Elizabeth had studied the movements and expressions of the actress in the miniseries. However, I was quite disappointed in the portrayal of the father. In the book and the miniseries, there is a special understanding between Elizabeth and her father, as they are both sometimes tolerant of and sometimes annoyed by the silliness of the mother and younger daughters. These characteristics of the father are brought out excellently in the miniseries, but are quite lacking in the recent movie version.
The weekend after watching the movie, I watched the miniseries again and it was much more enjoyable and satisfying. Now I think it is time for me to reread the book!