They list a phalanx of complaints about director Joe Wright's movie version of the novel, including the inappropriate features of the actor playing Mr. Darcy, in-your-face sexual imagery, "lame" dialogue and Keira Knightley's posture.
"The film is full of sexual imagery, which is totally inappropriate to Austen's novel. In one scene, a wild boar, which I assume is supposed to represent Darcy, wobbles through a farm with its sexual equipment on show."
Well, it is Hollywood. A movie has to sell. And while I tend to enjoy Jane Austen's works, film audiences might not. Look at what they did in the movie Troy. (Or rather, DON'T look at it)
And the director's response to all this hubbub?
"They can go jump in a lake," Wright, I'm told, advises NPR L.A. correspondent Kim Mastersfor her piece on "Morning Edition."
Wright sniffs that he's not interested in "quibblers," adding that he didn't make the film for them. "I made it for myself, really," he reportedly reveals.Well there ya go. If you want a film portrayal of a novel to be true to the original, make it yourself. Otherwise, stick to the book.