Deeply comforting on an aesthetic level. At six hours, it's the perfect length to occupy a rainy weekend or a day sick at home, and its narrative unfolds at a steady, inexorable pace, as gracefully as the formation dances in the ball scenes.
At six hours, this BBC adaptation is a good deal more thorough than necessary... But Colin Firth is magnificent as her beau, haughty, mercurial Mr. Darcy. And there are flashes of Austen's heartbreakingly accurate wit.
Colin Firth is Mr Darcy -- cool, arrogant, cruel and a bit sexy. Yes, he takes an impromptu swim in his blouson and breeches and emerges, dripping, into the melting hearts of millions of sighing women.
It's distinguished by a beautifully crafted combination of elements, from the combustible chemistry between Ehle and Firth, to Davies' lively script, Simon Langton's fluid direction and Carl Davis's jauntily rippling score.