U N L E A S H I N G M R D A R C Y
Rating : 3/5 (very generous)
Staring : Cindy Busby, Ryan Paevey, Frances Fisher
Blurb : In this modern day spin on “Pride & Prejudice,” Elizabeth Scott (Cindy Busby), is fishing for direction in her life and gets the opportunity to professionally show her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a fancy New York dog show.
Unleashing Mr Darcy was a movie I just happened to stumble across on Movies 24. This is a Hallmark original movie. In the past I have quite enjoyed some of the Hallmark movies however I was drawn to this one simply due to Mr Darcy being mentioned in the title.
As I have mentioned in previous posts I do enjoy spin-offs and modern adaptations on the work of Miss Austen. While this story is similar elements to the original, it has lost some of Miss Austen’s musings and humour. It also deviates a lot in a couple of ways that make no sense. For example Mr Bindley is mentioned but does not end up getting together with Elizabeth’s sister, who is called Jenna not Jane. There appears to be no reason behind this other than the screen-writers or authors fancy and for die hard Austen fans this could be irritating.
In this movie Mr Darcy is a Mr Donovan Darcy who is in the New York rich list and a well loved Philanthropist. Donovan also happens to be one of the best dog judges in the business and as a surprising co-incidence (cough) is living directly opposite where Elizabeth Scott is staying while in New York.
Donovan is quite stand-offish and has an air of the original Mr Darcy about him but I found him to be less proud. Donovan’s declaration of love to Elizabeth is perhaps a little kinder than in the original Pride and Prejudice.
Ryan Paevey who portrays Donovan Darcy in this movie is a very good choice. He was certainly good looking enough to capture my attention and to be honest I think he made the movie. Him and of course the dogs. The Dogs in this movie were so cute. Elizabeth’s dog is called Bliss which I think is such a delightful name for a King Charles Spaniel.
I found the actress Cindy Busby who portrayed Elizabeth Scott and also the actress Courtney Richter, who was her rival in the movie called Felicity to be a bit wooden at times. There was one moment where I found their acting particularly bad and it made me cringe. However, Frances Fisher who was Darcy’s Aunt Violet was wonderful and certainly made up for her co-stars lack of acting skills.
I also enjoyed the reference at the beginning of the movie to Queen Victoria’s little dog, also a King Charles Spaniel called Blaze.
Despite its flaws it was certainly an interesting re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice centred around a dog shows in New York.
Just after watching this movie I found the book it was based on.