Pride & Prejudice

To cap off our Valentine’s Day weekend, we wanted to watch a love story for Monday Movie Madness. There is currently a movie out called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, fairly obviously based on the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. We enjoy quirky zombie films, but neither of us read Pride and Prejudice. We certainly don’t have time to read the book, so we’re cheating and watching the movie to get the gist of the plot. Tonight we watched the movie Pride & Prejudice from 2005 because it is a love story, and to see what to expect from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

First, we wanted to have a snack for the movie because it was over two hours long. We are big fans of Alton Brown’s show Good Eats, and really, everything Alton Brown does. He had an entire popcorn episode where he taught the secret to fresh, home-cooked popcorn on the stove. It is actually extremely simple. All you need is a medium metal bowl or a sauté pan. Add a little bit of oil to the bottom, add kernels, cover loosely with foil, then heat over medium heat, constantly tossing the kernels to avoid burning. We weren’t sure it was working at first, but once the kernels started popping, the entire batch was quickly done. Voila! Low calorie popcorn.

The movie itself is a classic love story: girl meets boy, girl thinks boy is stuck up, boy pursues girl, girl doesn’t like boy, drama ensues, but eventually, love prevails. That’s a classic love story, right? Or something like that. The movie follows Elizabeth Bennett, the second oldest daughter of an English gentleman, as her relationship progresses with the socially awkward Mr. Darcy. Her first impression of him is of being an aloof noble because he doesn’t handle social situations well, and she holds on to that original encounter, at one point swearing to hate him for all eternity. He, then, is the “Pride” title character, and she the “Prejudice” title character. They keep meeting through both chance and some meddling on the part of Elizabeth’s mother, forcing them to see that first impressions aren’t everything.

The scenery in this movie is gorgeous. There are lots of shots both inside and outside of large manors, plus a good bit of countryside that Elizabeth has a penchant for wandering through. The costuming was also very well done, with lots of contrast between the everyday wear and the more formal dance/ball attire, as well as the stark difference between the servants and the nobles.

While long, the movie was pretty good. It took us a bit of time to get into it, but we enjoyed it overall, so we’re more excited for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. After watching, we decided that when we grow up, we need to have enough butlers to push in the chairs for a room full of dinner party guests. Now that’d be a fun date.

Alton Brown’s Perfect Popcorn Recipe
Pride & Prejudice on IMDB