A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This period piece is set during a time and in a social milieu when manners and politeness were more important than they are now.
Positive Role Models
Elizabeth Darcy is an intrepid, courageous, and compassionate woman; her husband is a stand-up guy who nonetheless comes off as a bit of a jerk.
Violence & Scariness
Murder is the subject of the miniseries, so it's discussed frequently, with loved ones weeping and screaming in fright or grief. A dead body is shown at length, in graphic detail, but other than that nothing gory appears.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Murky talk of an "attempted seduction" will sail right over young viewers' heads.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few scenes take place at pubs or parties with drinks clinking or shown discreetly in the background.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Death Comes to Pemberley is a period-piece murder mystery that's beautiful, slow, and talky and will positively bore the stuffing out of young viewers. However, there isn't much to worry about should older kids catch a glimpse of the goings-on while Mom and Dad watch. There is some talk of ghosts, and a murder occurs off-screen. A dead body in rigor mortis is shown at length, with a fatal head wound examined and shown. The dead person's loved ones shriek and cry in grief and fear and describe his murder. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The potent pleasures of a period piece all are on display here: sumptuous Regency costumes, shining horses plunging and rearing, servants in little hats. It's also typical for a period piece to move slowly and deliberately, with scenes of action undercut by long, leisurely scenes in which people discuss the impact of what just happened. However, Death Comes to Pemberly is a particularly slow-burning example of the genre -- so slow-burning that some viewers might find the miniseries dull. Anna Maxwell Martin, so good in other period dramas such as Bleak House and The Bletchley Circle, seems both too mature and too staid for fizzy Lizzy, whose keen and sardonic wit distinguishes her from blander literary heroines. Jenna Coleman is, in a word, shrill as her sister Lydia. And though Matthew Rhys has gravitas, his Mr. Darcy comes off as more of an insensitive jerk than ever.
On the other hand, Austen fans will be thrilled for a new take on the author's much-adapted works. And since the Pemberley miniseries was made under the umbrella of PBS's long-running Mystery brand, it shares a similar vibe with old Inspector Poirot or Agatha Christie mysteries. Pemberley is beautiful, and thoughtful and slow, but it's not an unrewarding viewing experience for those who enjoy that sort of thing.
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