It could be said that it is a truth universally acknowledged that any women who is a real Jane Austen super-fan will simply swoon at the feet of Colin Firth dressed as Mr Darcy. So are those who don’t, therefore not regarded as super-fans?
Many of us have read and watched Pride and Prejudice over again, each time finding ourselves gaining something new from the romantic fiction, which has provided us with years of insightful reading into romance and love in the early 19th century.
The majority of Pride and Prejudice lovers will say that Colin Firth is the one and only Mr Darcy. Some of us however do not agree. If we were asked to pick a Mr Darcy from Colin Firth or Mathew Macfadyen, we would choose the latter.
Some would say, myself included and sorry Colin Firth, every word that comes out of Mathew Macfadyen’s mouth is utterly believable. When he says his lines It’s as if your there in the 1800s, listening to every word he says to Elizabeth.
For example my favourite scene is when Darcy ie. Mathew tells Elizabeth ie. Kiera Knightly,
“IF HOWEVER YOUR FEELINGS HAVE CHANGED,
I WILL HAVE TO TELL YOU:
YOU HAVE BEWITCHED ME. BODY AND SOUL,
AND I LOVE … I LOVE … I LOVE YOU.
I NEVER WISH TO BE PARTED FROM YOU FROM THIS DAY ON.”
The Romantic Pairing
We find ourselves believing the romantic pairing of Keira Knightley and Mathew more. In the novel we find ourselves picturing Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, and although what we imagine has yet found perfection or resemblance to either pairing the closest is that of Mathew and Keira. The pairing of Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle is undeniably to safe. I picture Jane Austen, sitting on a directors chair during castings for the film, saying some what the same.
When it comes to the character of Mr Darcy himself, his introvertedness and the way in which his character is consistently socially awkward, when ever in the company of others and at many times considered rude and arrogant, Is played better by Mathew.
Now of course the costume in this adaptation of Pride and Predjudice is going to be different to the older version containing Firth. The costumes are a lot more elaborate, portraying their characters well and realisticly. Macfadyen looks the part in his authentic
looking replica of a traditional toff of the 19th century.
Macfadyen’s eyes are the doorway to 19th century courtship and romance. There a portal to the world of Austens ideas on romance.
It’s only polite to say to all the Firth-Darcy fans out there that we are in no way saying that Mr Firths portrayal is not up to scratch to play Mr Darcy. Instead simply providing reasons why we prefer the portrayal of Darcy by Mathew Macfadyen.
Here is a youtube video made by Melanie Westermann, ‘Pride and Predjudice MR. Darcy Best Moments-All of me’, to leave it on.