The 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries is packed with moments worthy of a gratuitous rewind for one reason or another. But tonight we focus on a personal favorite (and the one I caught myself re-watching this afternoon as I did laundry): The Netherfield Ball. More specifically, the Lizzy and Darcy dance sequence
What makes this worthy of the Gratuitous Rewind?
1) It’s a ball. Balls are fun and no one has them anymore, except on TV.
2) Fun clothes. Yeah, I know this kinda goes with the entire show, but the duds in this scene are particularly schnazz-tastic. I’m not saying I want to wear them myself (Lizzy B might be down with having the girls out on display for all England–me not so much), but I can appreciate great costumes as a spectator.
3) Line dancing. For me, a person who can’t even handle the Electric Slide without looking like Mr. Collins going the wrong direction, I am always impressed by the fact that there are no collisions involved in that bizarre series of movements. Despite the fact that I’d epic fail at this dancing, I would still support its comeback.
4) Banter. Verbally picking at and harassing the hot-asshole who insulted you, and is apparently a life ruiner for your pals is inherently awesome. Lizzy does so politely. And does it without missing a beat in the aforementioned line dancing. And Mr. D? Maintains the cucumber-coolness, and while he doesn’t go on the offense, he lobs everything back at her without batting an eye. Brilliant.
5) Mr. Darcy. The man makes the entire flick one gigantic gratuitous re-wind, because Darcy is hot. He is hot as the character in the book, and his hotness is only enhanced by way of Colin Firth. And in this particular sequence, he takes it up another level because, really? The guy’s smoldering for Lizzy even while she’s verbally skewering him. Sure, it’s crappy line dancing, and sure she’s lambasting him–but he’ s still getting to dance with her and he is all about that. What girl can’t (jealously) appreciate that?
It’s a scene that may not be as dramatic as some, but still manages to bring the kind of chemistry that makes you reach for the remote to go back and watching again and again, trying to pinpoint everything that makes stick in your head…..
Now, if you’ll excuse me….I have a DVD to back up……