Posted by Kathy F. on June 13, 1997 at 21:42:28:
In reply to Re: What does Mr. Knightley say?-"Objective" view for jj & sarah2 posted by greg on June 13, 1997 at 20:53:15
] ] ] ladies, ladies, i'm having a little difficulty following this thread. is jn really a great actor or do i just need to direct you to the drooling pond? must say I didn't exactly notice an acting phenomenon there, but i promise to look carefully next time i rent the flick.
I agree--I'm about to put on my galoshes! ;-) But if you were talking about MS, I'd be more than willing to listen...
] ] Methinks I detect a note of jealousy here! Actually, my first impression of JN was less than positive. I didn't think he was all that good-looking, but the farther into the movie I got, the more he grew on me. By the end of the movie, I couldn't think of anyone more suited for the role.
] jj, you think i'm jealous because you can't see me, and therefore don't know that i have very little reason to be jealous of jn; indeed, HE should be jealous of me. ;-). but seriously, sarah2 hit it on the head when she asked for an "objective" opinion. a man(who isn't drooling in his popcorn) might more easily separate jn's portrayal of knightley from his "dishy" looks. like i said before, i wasn't really paying close attention to jn, but from what i remember after 4 viewings, he seemed very, very, good. but ja's novels portray VERY lifelike characters to me, and i just wonder if emma2 didn't try to write jn's knightley to take advantage of jn's charms, thereby missing ja's original target a little bit(excuse the archery pun); i.e., did ja have a knightley in mind that had a few more rough edges? i also haven't seen jn in anything else, so i don't have a contrasting character to compare to his knightley.
I saw him in "The 'Net" with Sandra Bullock, and although I didn't recognize him as Mr. Knightley, on looking back, I think that might have been why I don't like him as well as MS (ignoring the fact that he had, imho, a weak script--compared to the novel). He seemed to be too charming, for lack of a better word. If he were so charming, why did he stay unmarried for so long? I know that in the end he decides he has loved Emma since she was 13, but he didn't consciously know that. I think JA wrote him with a few "rough edges," as greg said.