I went to see the new "Pride & Prejudice" last night. It was beautifully filmed and I didn't feel like I wasted 2 hours but I still think the 1995 version is the definitive one for me with Colin Firth in all his splendor *sigh*. I felt Keira Knightly came across as too contemporary and she smirked too much. Matthew McFadyen often had the expression of a sad, constipated basset hound or maybe it was that he wasn't CF. Judi Dench as Catherine de Bourg had a suntan which is something 19th century ladies avoided as much as possible, sometimes even using lead in their powder to be as pale as possible. I did like Tom Collander as Mr Collins who actually made me feel sorry for the man. I also liked Claudie Blakeley who played his wife. She made me feel that Charlotte made the right choice in marrying Mr Collins (indeed options for women were so limited in those days) and that they would have a tolerable life together. Lastly I liked poor Talulah Riley who as Mary wasn't given much to do but gave me the idea that it would be very interesting to learn about the goings on from Mary's POV.