Sometimes I think about all the movies I’ve seen and try to decide which is my favorite. It’s really hard to do. As with books, I prefer movies that immerse me into a different world. They have to have a good story, compelling characters, and emotion.
My current top five are Pride & Prejudice, Star Trek, The Shawshank Redemption, Galaxy Quest, and The Princess Bride. But I can’t stop there. Because of Groundhog Day. (Did you see Edge of Tomorrow? What an excellent Groundhog Day-style sci-fi movie with a kickass heroine!) I loved RED. And Serenity! And Crazy, Stupid, Love.
How to Train Your Dragon made me sob like a baby. Zoolander is a perennial favorite. Heart and Souls, Say Anything…, Rudy, Sabrina, Alien, Aliens, Almost Famous, Possession, The Bourne Identity, LA Confidential…my desert island list is long, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. It doesn’t even cover classic movies or–eek!–television.
Ever since it premiered in 2005, I’ve had a particular fondness for Joe Wright’s version of Pride & Prejudice. I can’t turn it off. If it’s on TV, I’ll watch it. Sometimes I’ll just play it while I’m sitting at my computer.
Some people say it’s rubbish and only Colin Firth is Mr. Darcy, yada, yada, yada. I believe there is room for him and Matthew Macfadyen in the Jane Austen universe. For me, the cinematography, direction, editing, casting, and score of Pride & Prejudice equal a nearly perfect film. It makes me happy to watch it, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen it.
So say what you will, I’ll be hanging with Keira’s Elizabeth while she figures out why she can’t live without Matthew’s Mr. Darcy.