We hope our readers in the U.S. and Canada who haven’t seen the movie get to do so this weekend! Remember, the rhythm is going to get you! (Mr. Kholi said so!) Read on for the latest reviews, and then post your review in the comments.
The reviews are still coming in, and are mixed, but we do not entirely despair of the state of modern film criticism.
Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel gives B&P four stars out of five.
Bridget Jones and Clueless long ago proved how malleable Austen’s tales of lonely women and men who send mixed signals can be. Austen fans will get a kick out of the ways Chadha transposes Austen’s various boorish suitors into boorish Indian guises.
In Bride & Prejudice, Austen meets Bollywood and East meets West and the result isn’t a culture clash, but one great big party, one everybody is invited to. You may stroll into the theater, but Chadha ensures that you line-dance your way out.
Leah McLaren of the Canada Globe and Mail is pleased with the movie as well.
Along the way, there is a great deal of entertaining commentary on the issue of arranged marriage — a dying custom in Austen’s time, yet still very much the done thing in contemporary India. While letting your family pick your husband may seem backward to Western audiences, how is it so different from, say, The Bachelorette?
She’s got a point.
Susan Walker of the Toronto Star thinks that the fusion of Hollywood and Bollywood works quite well.
Jeffrey Bruner of the Des Moines Register likes the parallels with the original. (Janeite!)
John Hayes of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says it’s not a bad introduction to Bollywood.
Joe Williams of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch likes Mr. Kholi best.
Connie Ogle of the Miami Herald likes the film well enough but thinks Martin Henderson doesn’t cut it as Darcy.
Elizabeth Barr of the Buffalo News loves the idea but didn’t care for the execution.