The Pride & Prejudice of Children of Men
Yesterday was a strange day. After posting about football & eating our pulled pork, we popped in the Children of Men dvd that Chris May lent us weeks ago.
I had wanted to see this film for a long time as I love director Alfonso Cuarón’s work. I think he directed one of the better Harry Potter movies (Prisoner of Azkaban) & I adore Y tu mamá también. That the gorgeous Clive Owen was in Children of Men, didn’t hurt either. I did really enjoy this movie in the end, but I found myself very upset by it. Maybe it’s because the violence is so raw and realistic, or the future depicted in the film is so bleak. I felt really uncomfortable after watching it & we ended up having to watch a few Futurama episodes afterwards to see a different view of tomorrow. Lately, I find myself getting upset & paranoid about what the future holds for our world if I think too much on political or global issues. This movie definitely set me on that path, but the acting was superb & the cinematography was incredible. It’s a great film.
The other weird thing is that I began yesterday in early 19th century England with Mr. Darcy & Miss Elizabeth Bennet thanks to my in-laws, Jill & Matt. They told me I would love the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice & loaned it to me. They were right. Look at how cute Darcy & Lizzie are together:
I have a little obsession with period films & literature. Also design, architecture, & fashions. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t talk like I stepped out of an E.M. Forster novel or anything. But, I do sometimes wish that I could go back in time and roam a beautiful English garden in a fresh, printed, empire waisted muslin dress. Just like any of these lovely gowns:
I guess that is a big reason that Children of Men affected me so much. I began yesterday in a mood created by Jane Austen and finished it in a future funk. In any case I strongly recommend either of the films I watched. Also, the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly is wonderful. I love Colin Firth but I have a huge crush on this Mr. Darcy:
I would however, suggest not watching them all on the same day. It’s very confusing stuff.