Torn between two versions...
Posted by Lynn on October 07, 1997 at 14:37:17:
In response to The Mr. Frank Churchils, written by Carrie on October 06, 1997 at 23:36:20
] I have to agree with another post that while (very) nice to look at the Mr. Knightly with G.P. is so nice to look at how could Emma have possibly not noticed him before? The other Mr. Knightly while not a "baberaham lincoln", was more appropriate for the part. He is the type where one's affection for him might creep up on you rather than hit you like a train (as in the case of Mr. Northram).
] Also, the "Frank Churchills" in both movies, don't even begin to compare, for me. The "Frank" with G.P. made me think of a 13 year old boy wearing his father's clothes. I did not find him impressive, capable of such intrigues or inspiring any passions at all. Now the other "Frank", seemed much more appropriate for the roll. He was much more "manly" and yet maybe not too manly, so as to undertake such a ploy. (Handsome enough for Jane to undertake such a ploy also)
I must say I am close to agreeing with you. I definitely agree with you about the Mr. Knightly's - I think JN is great, but Mark Strong fitted more what I thought Mr. K should look like and act like. I didn't like how JN's Knightly was more "oh, you shouldn't have done that but because you're so adorable it's ok" than really angry with her mistakes. I liked how the A/E version put in more of Jane and Frank (and infinitely preferred this Frank - who could believe everyone admired the one with all the unruly hair?!), and how they put in the riddles part. But they did sacrifice some of what went on with Mr. Elton and Harriet - it is harder to believe that Harriet really liked him in the A&E version because they go through it so quickly.
I wish they had shown a little more of how Emma and Mr. Knightly get along together in the A&E version - they really do have fun together, I think. He teases her, she teases him back. But I wasn't crazy about some of the costumes in the GP version - Her dresses werer a little too skimpy. The fussiness of the A&E version's Mr. Woodhouse was much more true to the book.
Basically, if I could put together the best bits of both and make one version, I would be very happy indeed!
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