Anne de Bourgh
The part of Anne de Bourgh is a very minor part, no matter how long the movie. This one certainly fulfilled the requirement (?) of looking...dour.
This Anne seemed a little more like she might have been your friend...if you could just get through to her. She seemed more salvageable, so to speak, like her mother hadn't entirely stifled her yet. Shocking!
Preference: the 2005 Anne de Bourgh.
The 1995 version was a very sweet and meek little Georgiana. She seemed quite likable, but very shy. She also seemed about her age, possibly slightly older -- about 16.
I'm afraid that this Georgiana was too young. She looks about 13, or maybe 15, don't you think? Definitely not 16 or any older. She was too...outgoing for Georgiana. Too bold in her excitement at meeting Elizabeth for the first time.
Preference: the 1995 Georgiana Darcy.
This Aunt Gardiner is very friendly. You can tell why Lizzy likes her so much!
I didn't like this one nearly as much. She seemed too old (off the top of my head) and some of my problem may be that we really didn't get to know her...not in a short two hour movie.
Preference: the 1995 Aunt Gardiner.
He's jolly and likable in the 1995 version. He seems like a really fun guy to get to know!
You really don't get to know him at all. So I can't logically pass much of an opinion on him!
Preference: the 1995 Uncle Gardiner.
I liked this Colonel Fitzwilliam. And I always wonder if he found a nice wife. You would think he might have connected SOMETHING when Lizzy got all fainty after he mentioned Darcy breaking up Bingley and Jane...
Again, you really don't get to know him...but he's almost laughable, I think.
Preference: the 1995 Colonel Fitzwilliam.
This Charlotte Lucas is a sweet girl, and I like her. You can tell why Lizzy loves her. She seems to be as happy as a girl could be with Mr. Collins.
Preference: it's a tie.
This woman IS Caroline Bingley. She's perfect for the part in every way. Not too pretty, something of a snob, and her outfits are really amazing.
Preference: the 1995 Caroline Bingley.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Another actor who WAS their person. This was an amazing Lady Catherine! She's snobby, prying, and totally like I picture Lady Catherine.
Preference: the 1995 Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
Wonderful Mary. She is very bookish, looks very bookish, and plays piano only tolerably.
Kitty (Catherine) Bennet
This girl was a pretty good Kitty. Especially when crying over Lydia going to Brighton.
Also a good Kitty. Mostly fit the idea of who Kitty is!
Preference: it's a tie.
I didn't really like this man as Mr. Bennet. You didn't see any special relationship really between him and Elizabeth, and he wasn't nearly as likeable to me as the other.
Preference: the 1995 Mr. Bennet.
Amazing Mrs. Bennet. She was flighty, flitty, loud-spoken, full of nerves.
This one was more likeable, but Mrs. Bennet isn't supposed to be likable. She was okay for the part, and did wonderful in some places.
Preference: the 1995 Mrs. Bennet.
He's a little rotund, and a little oily, and full of sermons, and morals, and things that Mary Bennet likes. And his proposal to Elizabeth, and his relationship with Charlotte are both semi-hilarious. He makes me laugh out loud sometimes.
His proposal to Lizzy was much to condensed. And he didn't do enough bowing...you don't get to see enough of his relationship with Lady Catherine.
Preference: the 1995 Mr. Collins.
This guy is totally Mr. Wickham to me. He's jaunty and a little presuming, but just handsome enough that you can see why Lizzy likes him at first. At the same time, you can imagine him doing the things Mr. Darcy says he's done!
His hair's too long. I have problems with the 2005 hair on this guy, and the next two. I don't think he's at all handsome (gonna say that about the next two guys as well...) and I really don't understand why all the Bennet girls love him...must be his manners. :)
Preference: the 1995 Mr. Wickham.
She's flirty and flippant and fly-away -- everything Lydia Bennet should be. Probably a little old for the part though...Lydia was supposedly only 15 or 16.
Another flirty, flippant, fly-away Lydia. This one's about the right age, though.
Preference: it's a tie.
Another Mr. Bingley who's not too handsome. The red hair is awful -- it bounces when he dances, very bad. However, he's so nice and sweet and kind that you can ignore and still like him.
Preference: the 1995 Mr. Bingley. Barely.
She may not be quite as pretty as the 2005 Jane, but she's just as sweet. I think she's a beautiful girl, and I love how close she is to Lizzy!
Preference: the 2005 one. Barely.
This guy is Mr. Darcy in ways no other guy ever could be. He's proud, he's terribly handsome, and he's really great by the end.
That guy is not Mr. Darcy. His hair's too long and messy. He's too not-handsome. And he seems shy as opposed to stuck-up. All fundamental problems.
Preference: the 1995 Mr. Darcy. Totally.
I love this Elizabeth. She's sweet, she's beautiful, she overcomes her prejudice in an understandable way, and she looks great with Mr. Darcy.
I don't love this Elizabeth so much. Through all of the 2005 movie, it seemed to me that she would make a much better Jo March than Elizabeth Bennet. I still think she's beautiful, though.
Preference: the 1995 Elizabeth Bennet.
Overall movie preference: the 1995 movie, though the 2005 has its good points.
Questions for you: Did you enjoy this? Which characters do you agree or disagree with me about? Should I consider doing posts like this for other Jane Austen based movies?