Unleashing Mr. Darcy

Good Show. A Cut Above the Usual

I am a sucker for Jane Austen re-imaginings. It may explain why I liked this movie so much even in face of the terrible reviews. There were definitely some weaknesses in the plot. (Why didn’t Elizabeth immediately go to the principal when the father of the failing athlete tried to bribe her?) Oooh, he was really evil! I also didn’t understand the hostility of Elizabeth towards Donovan Darcy throughout most of the story. He was so adorable and nice! The main appeal of the movie for me were the two lead actors: Cindy Busby and Ryan Paevey. They were both really appealing and attractive with some great chemistry. Frances Fisher, who played the Catherine de Bourgh character was very hiss-worthy, which always adds to the enjoyment. I did enjoy the secondary characters, the Jane and Bingley type romance, and the dogs as well.**8 stars out of 10**

Rating: 4 out of 5.

September 27, 2017

5 thoughts on “Unleashing Mr. Darcy

  1. You got what was wrong with this movie, but gave it 8 out of 10!
    With numbers like that Hallmark will just go on making bad tv movies based on superb authors. Even the title was bad: what does unleashing Mr. Darcy mean? The acting was good, but it was like Olivier and Garson wading in a pig sty.


    • Well. Many reasons. This was the first time I had seen Ryan Paevey in anything, and I was impressed. For some reason, I have always liked Cindy Busby. Frances Fisher made a very good villainess to root against. “I’m a sucker for Jane Austen re-imaginings” if the original story or characters are recognizable. I could be wrong, but I think this is the first time Hallmark gave this a try, and I appreciated it. I have really disliked some since, however. I liked the built-in tension and suspense in the story. I thought it was light and fun, despite the weaknesses. Also, the lack of festivals, saving some business or whatever in a small town, was refreshing.


      • Mr Rees makes a very good point; however the 8/10 is on your Hallmark scale, right, and it’s legit. Hall’s campaign to marginalize everyone as asexual and inept is wearing thin…….I just watched “The Christmas Retreat” again. First time it was shiny and bright, I had a buzz or something, it was late at night and it went down okay. Second time, by the demanding light of day, it fails.


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