Top positive review
Genius! Bollywood lite, Jane Austen, and the modern world.
December 16, 2015
I love this adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." The translation of her story to the modern world in the context of India and emigration works extremely well. The filmmakers did a marvelous job of tightening up the story line to essentials, while keeping the major plot points. They did move one major plot point (Lalita/Lizzie's rejection of Darcy) to late in the story, but it worked well.
One caveat: you need to like musicals to like this production. For myself, it just adds to the movie. For others, it may be an irritation. I like Gurinder Chadha's work in general, and this one is genius. There is some griping in the comments about particular songs, or the use of Bollywood sensibilities, but it really comes together in a harmonious whole if you can open yourself to the concept. Sometimes I put on "No Life without Wife" just for a good giggle. And the climactic fight scene staged against a Bollywood classic movie is absolutely perfect.
This movie suffers from having had some promotions "specialist" somewhere compare it to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." That was an unfortunate comparison, as the movies are completely different in intent, story arc, character journeys, etc. They both have "ethnic" weddings, but that is NOT a good reason to compare them! If you liked "MBF Greek Wedding," then go find another RomCom to watch. If you want a high-energy musical kick in the funny bone that slips in intelligent dialogue and discussion of real-world issues about blending families and culture then watch "Bride and Prejudice."