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characterization is the major missing thing,
This review is from: Pride And Prejudice : Complete BBC Series - 10th Anniversary Edition  [DVD]  (DVD)
I have watched this version after I watched the 2005 version and read the book. The first failing thing was although there was plenty of time to tell the story properly there were still some missing and important parts (while staying in netherfield, meeting in pemberley, walking in hunsford park,the assembly in loungborn at the last chapter where she could not have one word with darcy which made her destressed, etc)the second thing, because some important scenes were elected, I could not make myself belive lizzie has fallen inlove with darcy, the third thing, the director makes us know the developments which we ought not to know such as darcy's discovering lydia and wickham, and unfortunately that vanishes the real taste of the unexpected, the fourth thing colin firth did not make a proper darcy as darcy was reserved and cool but firth' s darcy was agressive. And that walking by swinging both arms did not give an impression of dignity. He was looking more angry than proud all the time. He was talking always in an angry and offensive tone but not as a man who was clever and has quick wits. Darcy in the book was replying to miss bingley as well as lizzie with a calm and satirical manner. As for lizzie, lizzie in the book was not formed to quarrel with anyone and therefore even if she meant to offend anyone she hardly succeeded it. But in this mini series lizzie was far too proud and offensive.As a consequence when honestly compared, macfadyen has made a far better darcy than firth, by putting forward all the characteristics of darcy in limited time and a VERY limited part, and I am sure he would have been an far enormous legend than firth if he were to take part in that miniseries as darcy. Sorry to cause pain to anyone but there it is. Despite such failings, it is pride and prejudice and jane austen after all and I can not help but like it.