I’ve always held up Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as the gold standard, but no longer after seeing the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service this weekend.
I knew the movie contained violence, and for the most part I enjoyed the movie anyway because Firth’s character Harry Hart’s actions were for the greater good. But that changed with the massacre in the church, which went too far in my opinion. His murderous rampage in that scene was difficult to watch. I closed my eyes towards the end because I just couldn’t stomach it. A quote from Pride and Prejudice immediately sprang to mind:
“My good opinion once lost is lost forever.”
Goodbye to my former opinion of the perfect and beloved Mr. Darcy, whose image has been forever tainted by excessive and graphic violence I cannot erase. Suddenly I feel the need to reassess Mathew Macfadyen’s role as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 version of Pride & Prejudice again. Maybe I’ll find some comfort there?
Am I all alone here with this sinking feeling? Are there any other Jane Austen fans out there besides me disappointed to see Colin Firth in this new film role?