Watching Pride and Prejudice to improve your SAT reading score
My main impression looking back on this movie is “brown,” like the entire movie had a brown tone. But, that’s not to say it wasn’t a good movie; it will keep your interest and the plot is easy to follow. It’s just not as colorful as our favorite, Emma.
Muted colors of Pride and Prejudice
I’ve been trying to figure out why I got this “brown” impression. It starts in the light of a golden sunrise, but then the main character appears in a brown dress and walks through a muddy farmyard. I’m sure this is true to the period, but it’s not very picturesque. And she, like the other girls, is slightly disheveled with stringy hair. The yellow tones continue at the ball, which no doubt would have been in candle light. But the cotton dresses in olive green, cream, and even a light dusty rose aren’t very colorful. The muted and golden colors continue for the rest of the movie, which you might find soft and comforting. But we preferred the bright and cheery tone of the movie Emma.
Vocabulary in the Pride and Prejudice movie
On the plus side the acting is excellent and the character’s emotions really help with understanding the story. In comparison, the acting in the Pride and Prejudice BBC mini-series, which is personally our favorite of the two, is more reserved. The dialogue in this movie is quite true in structure and vocabulary to the novel, and the acting really helps understanding the speech patterns and vocabulary of the eighteenth century.
The special features that accompany the Multi-format Blu-Ray edition of Pride and Prejudice are helpful in understanding the customs and etiquette of the era of the Jane Austen movies and novels.
Before watching Pride and Prejudice
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After watching Pride and Prejudice
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