Miss perfect

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 12, 2010

Best of all, it's got Miller and Garai. He was the steady Edmund Bertram in Patricia Rozema's fetching 1999 adaptation of Mansfield Park, and though he looks a little boyish for Knightley, when he explains to Emma why a gentleman needn't arrive at a party in a carriage (another happy excursion from the script), he's a man as well as a gentleman. Garai is Alicia Silverstone channeled through Kate Winslet. She has a big, wide smile that can turn into a foolish grin, and her behavior with Frank Churchill would count as flirting in the 21st century, never mind the 19th, but she matches gravitas with generosity. The bad news is that now she and Miller can't play Elizabeth and Darcy in the (please) new four-hour BBC/WGBH Pride and Prejudice. Or can they?

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