I’m a sucker for Hallmark movies. Come this time of year when the Christmas movies come out, I’m definitely all for it. If you have gotten to know me, you know how I love Jane Austen and all things Pride and Prejudice.
Not only is there one with the theme of Pride and Prejudice, but there is two this year for movies. The first new movie to kick off the Christmas movies was Christmas at Pemberley Manor. I couldn’t watch it live, so I made sure to record it for later.
Sunday, I got all comfy ready to watch my favorite fictional couple find their way to each other. I’ll admit it, I was excited to know who would play George Wickham’s character. There is just something about Wickham. You know you shouldn’t love the bad boy. But, you can’t help it. Of course, you know in the end you won’t love him. But, it doesn’t matter how many times I read the book or have seen the different movie versions. I have a soft spot for Wickham until he turns into a complete jerk.
Back to the movie. I want to give this a positive review, but I can’t. The only way I can give it a positive review is if it had nothing to do with Pride and Prejudice.
The only thing that it had to do with Pride and Prejudice? Character names and the name of the manor. But, the manor? It was more like a house, not a mansion.
Darcy is my favorite all-time male character. The guy I would love to have if he were real. I didn’t fall for this Darcy. I can fall for the one in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But, this one? Not even close. I even liked the Darcy from the other Hallmark movie, Unleashing Mr. Darcy. The Darcy in this movie? He was just a typical business guy. No one special. He was nice from the beginning. We need some tension coming from Darcy. He and Elizabeth are to get off on the wrong start. I didn’t even feel that from the beginning.
Elizabeth is also to have some judgment in her. She was way too nice.
Caroline, Elizabeth’s boss? She started off nice, and she did turn a little mean in the movie. But, she turns around and is nice again. That’s not the Caroline we know and love to hate.
George? George was way too friendly to be Wickham. Unless he’s not supposed to be based off Wickham. Which I might be able to see the more I think about it. Because this George had no hatred towards Darcy. And his feelings towards Elizabeth seemed real.
Now I worry about the next movie based on Pride and Prejudice. I’m hoping it will be better because that one is actually based off a book that was released, I believe last year? I read that book and liked it. It had a reverse role where it made Darcy, female. So fingers crossed on that one. I can’t remember when it airs. So, keep your eye out for that post.
I hope I didn’t discourage you from seeing this movie. If you are a Hallmark movie fan, I think you might still like it. If you are a Pride and Prejudice fan? I would love for you to see it. Would love to discuss this with you. I would be curious to see if there are any Jane Austen fans who liked this.