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The River King (2005)

Looking at the poster…what do you think the story is going to be like? We see a frozen body of a boy in the river, his hand slightly above the surface as if grasping for help…and a police officer looking grimly down at the body. Well I thought the story was a going to be a sad haunting look at a boy’s life and the events that will ultimately lead to his death.

After viewing it though…I was quite disappointed…it was never as haunting as what was potentially potrayed in the poster. I mean sure everything looked gloomy dark and sad…but it was snowing…so of course everything appears gloomy right? The characters weren’t very interesting too…I’m sure we were suppose to sympathize with several of the characters…the police officer whose brother died when he was young, the dead boy….who could have been murdered…and the dead boy’s best friend who had just lost her friend…but I didn’t really feel sympathy for any of the characters…I blame it on the weak character development. The movie itself was slow draggy and some times just didn’t make sense. The whole affair between the police officer and the teacher was one of them…I’m sure it was just thrown in for sex appeal…I mean even the character of the teacher…what was the significance of her character? Nothing. She only took pictures…which kinda have an image of a ghost in it…but then that leads to the question of the ghost…what happens to it? It appears…and disappears? What was the significance? More thought should have gone into this.

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Of course the most disappointing of all is the ending. The police and the school were quick to conclude it was suicide and close the case…and guess what it was suicide. Wow did they beat around the bush a lot before telling us that it was suicide after all…kinda felt cheated…don’t you. Anyway best that you rent…if you’re really interested to watch this…

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Pride and Prejudice (1995)

It has been sometime since I’ve read Pride and Prejudice and other than this one I’ve only seen the 2005 version…but I do think this one is the better adaptation. Since this is a miniseries…it has more time and able to add more scenes from more the book…That is of course one of the more plausible reason.

But more than that…the screenplay, the costumes, the sets, the actors….they looked like they jumped out of the pages of the book. You know when I first watched this…I thought…wow all the actors look much older than their part…and the 2005 version does have a better looking cast don’t you think? But then again when you look at potraits of women of that time…doesn’t Jane (the 1995 version) look like one of them.

Anyhow…its pretty clear…I prefer this version. It has better scenes. I really didn’t like some of the scenes in the 2005 version. For example that scene in the rain when Darcy first tells Lizzie that he loves her in the rain….chessy…was it not. Then when he came at night to Mr Collins to drop off his letter while Lizzie was looking in the mirror….they must be trying to be artistic…And the ending…the worst scene of all…Lizzie at Darcy’s feet…taking off his shoes or messaging his feet or something…I can’t remember. Horrible scene. The 1995 version has a much much better ending, the couples getting married…simpler and better.

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