The Way We Live Now Miniseries

31 May

Well, I finished watching the 2001 miniseries, written by Andrew Davies. A lot was altered from the book and since I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book, you’d think I would love it, right? Wrong! I know Andrew Davies is famous for sexing up all his adaptations but this was ridiculous, even for him.

I will admit, most of the actors were good with what they were given. The problem is, often I didn’t like what they were given! Sir Felix as played by the lovely Matthew MacFadyen was portrayed as much more sympathetic as in the book and really isn’t punished in the end. I think Davies was a little fond of the character, actually. His sister Hetta is unrecognizable from the book, being outspoken and free-spirited in the beginning- always giving her mother and brother a piece of her mind. I did find Hetta pretty boring for most of the book because she doesn’t do much but it didn’t really have any impact when she went against her family to be with Paul, since she was always so openly against them from the start!

Mrs. Hurtle as played by Miranda Otto was horrible. The pitiful excuse for a Southern accent was grating to my ears. I found her character one of the most interesting in the book and still sympathetic, but not so in the mini. As for Paul Montague, they tried to make him a stronger character but I really didn’t buy it from pretty boy Cillian Murphy. What were they thinking putting such an effeminate looking man in that part?

I did like the casting of Lady Carbury, Roger Carbury, and Mr. Melmotte. The latter was very close to how I imagined him in the book. Shirley Henderson as her daughter, Marie, however, was just…bizarre, for lack of a better word.

So yeah, I was really not happy with this adaptation. But soon I’m going to be rewatching all my Pride and Prejudice DVDs! I’ve already finished the 1940 version and may write up on it tonight depending on how much time I have when I get home. The two miniseries will probably take longer, especially since it’s back to work this week.

Hope everyone had a good Memorial Day!

My Rating: 5/10

3 Responses to “The Way We Live Now Miniseries”

  1. Julie May 31, 2010 at 9:12 PM #

    We really must be the same person — I hated Miranda Otto’s Mrs. Hurtle too and thought that this series was an abomination. Can you believe that Davies, with his preoccupation with sex, glossed over Felix’s attempted rape of Ruby?

    I’m sorry you didn’t like the book though; it’s one of my favorites.

    If you get a chance, check out the Pallisers. The books are good and the series is amazing.

    • marspeach May 31, 2010 at 10:09 PM #

      Well isn’t it proof that we’re not the same person if I didn’t like the book? Lol…

      • Julie June 1, 2010 at 2:57 PM #

        Good point. But it’s indisputable that we both have pretty good taste in books and movies!

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