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Plot: Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? Runtime: 129 mins Release Date: 23 Nov 2005
Outstanding...MacFadyen is a worthy Darcy. (by shopper1952)
Outstanding ... MacFadyen is a worthy Darcy and a darned good actor to boot! The scenery, backgrounds, and country folk were much more realistic than previous versions. The costumes and hairdos also seemed in keeping with the times. Another great addition is the priceless Donald Sutherland who, in a perfect world, would have had more scenes with Judy Densch. If those two can't chew up the scenery, nobody can. And, finally, Keira Knightly is a jewel. Her beauty is so apparent that it almost detracts from the fact that this is a very good actress who can hold her own in any room. This was a <more>
delight and I only wish that it could have been 6 hours long.
Jane Austen's tale of love and economics reaches us once more with the energy of a thorough novelty. "Pride and Prejudice" has been a favorite novel of mine since I first read it and I've seen Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson, Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle and now Matthew MacFadyen and Kiera Knightly. Amazingly enough I've never been disappointed. The material seems to be full proof. Colin Firth's Darcy, in many ways, is the Darcy I've always imagined. He's been an actor I've followed feverishly since his glorious Adrian LeDuc in "Apartment <more>
Zero", Matthew MacFadyen was totally new to me but he managed to create that sense of longing that makes that final pay off so satisfying. Kiera Knightly is a ravishing revelation. I must confess, I didn't remotely imagined that she was capable of the powerful range she brilliantly shows here. The other big surprise is Joe Wright, the director, in his feature film debut which is more than promising, it's extraordinary. The photography, the art direction and the spectacular supporting cast, in particular Donald Sutherland and Brenda Blethyn, makes this new version of a perennial classic a memorable evening at the movies
brilliance took two decades to arrive (by kristen87)
before i start, i would like to say this. i can read, have read the book, and i read the title of the movie before watching, as should you all. quite disappointed in all the pompous idiots filled with prejudice about the movie.I know that another version of the well-mined Jane Austen classic would need to be brilliant indeed. Such diverse and beautifully written characters and such a delightful plot, so deeply rooted in a profound understanding of human nature, are timelessly attractive to directors, actors and audiences alike. So give them a break. you couldn't do any better.Lets start <more>
with Mr Darcy. Darcys embodied by Olivier, Firth and now Matthew McFadyen bring differently significance to enjoy in the proud and socially awkward leading male role. Where Olivier and Firth gave us an aloof, arrogant Darcy encased rigidly in a shell so impenetrable it was almost impossible to believe he had been moved by Lizzie's sardonic criticisms or attracted by her spirited independence, McFadyen shows a more accessible Darcy. He's vulnerable, even fragile behind his stiff manners. His aloofness is more believably from social inadequacy than arrogance, yet he is believably constrained by his social standing to regard decorum, fortune and propriety in a wife's family as significant in his choice of a bride. His capitulation to Lizzie is therefore more believable.Similarly Garson, Ehle and Keira Knightley illustrate the lively intelligence, sharp-minded wit and wry humour of Elizabeth Bennet in equally shining ways that nevertheless bring out different aspects of the character. Keira Knightly's performance as Elizabeth Bennett is by far her best, as she sparkles in this role.The two have a chemistry that i had yet to see on the big or small screen - one that mirrors real life romances. the dislike on both accounts is obvious, watching it grow to love was beautiful and stunning. the love story is heart-felt and sweetly, deeply affecting to a level that modern romantic comedies rarely achieve. I found this movie to be a a richly photographed, memorable ensemble production in which the romance is predominant over the drama but does not eclipse it. though my one disappointment - the ending?! of course i wanted to see them kiss, who didn't? but the shots of them arguing in the rain, and as they draw close with the sunlight shining between them was breathtaking.Giving due significance to the rural environment which plays such an important part in the story, the cinematography captures wide frames of soft, misty fields, copses and winding country roads as an environment which underscores the gentle manners and passionately beating hearts beneath empire gowns and ruffled shirts. The surroundings both detract from the humans and function as appropriately natural settings for the dramas of human nature.Keira Knightley's swan-like Elizabeth moves with energy and grace, hotly opinionated and profoundly moved by principles and prejudices, and magnetically drawn by the seeming arrogance, reticence and gallant behaviour, finally revealed, of Mr Darcy. For two centuries Elizabeth Bennet has been a heroine much admired for her self-contained independence within a culture more conditioned to female submissiveness. Knightley's portrayal is true to the original.All in all, i must give this movie 5 stars, 10 out of 10, 100 % brilliance. The story itself, the characters, the actors, everything that was in the movie 'bewitched me body and soul'. i have never been more moved by a movie, especially not one where i found it to be as hilarious as it was moving.
Pride and Prejudice-Simply unmissable (by smartiegrl)
Pride and Prejudice was an absolutely fantastic film. A great cast, and Keira Knightly did an excellent job and Matthew Macfadyen was a wonderful in the role of Mr Darcy. The cinematography was so ridiculously good, there were some fantastic shots and the costumes were also fantastic. The script was fairly good, it is true to the classic by Jane Austen, Mr Wickam could have made more of an appearance, and had a striking resemblance to one Orlando Bloom. The movie moved fairly fast but trying to fit such a novel into two hours had to be hard anyway, so I say well done to all involved, as such <more>
a beloved book can be a hard project to take on, but after watching it I really can't wait until to see it again!!!
Spirited Modern Interpretation of Austen's Classic Love Story (by Peter-Adamson)
A "modernised" version of Jane Austen's classic novel that should not be compared unfavourably with 1940 Hollywood Olivier / Garson version nor several BBC serials culminating in the most acclaimed TV series version from 1995 with Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle-a personal favourite. This 2005 film clocks in 127 minutes UK / Europe & 135 minutes USA & Canada -the extended version allowing audiences to share more of the timeless love story with the main characters -Elizabeth Bennet & Mr Darcy. Director Joe Wright plus his screenwriters Oscar winner Emma Thompson <more>
contributed to the final screenplay have chosen to emphasise Elizabeth Bennet / Mr Darcy plus Jane Bennet/ Mr Bingley story lines & reduce Mr Wickman, Charlotte & Mr Collins to supporting characters.Austen's famous wit,satire & humour that forms the basis for her enduring appeal Pride & Prejudice was finally published in 1813 & continues as an annual bestseller is sidelined to open up this version as more emotional drama for modern audiences.If you are open to a newer interpretation, can avoid comparisons to the nearly 5 hour 1995 TV version which allowed for greater depth & detail in telling all the characters story lines & accept some of the new film's rushed story lines-you are in for a treat .....New British star Keira Knightley Elizabeth Bennet excels in her first real leading actress role ably supported by fellow Brit Rosamund Pike Jane Bennet as the sisters supportive of each other's & their Bennett family problems.Knightley at 20 is the right age for her character,this allows Elizabeth's girlish personality plus her character's pride, misjudgements & loving nature to shine through....Great star turns from Brenda Blethyn as their mother Mrs Bennet plus Oscar winner Judi Dench as fearsome Lady De Bourgh Mr Darcy's aunt add depth to this film version.Claudie Blakley as Elizabeths's wise friend Charlotte Lucas & Simon Wood's amusing Mr Bingley are delightful supporting performers. One major surprise is Canadian actor Donald Sutherland's touching performance as Mr Bennet -capturing both the humour of living in an all female household & five daughters to look after with the poignancy of seeing his eldest children's difficult relationships develop -easily his best acting performance in years. In the difficult role of Mr Darcy rising British star Matthew Macfadyen BBC's Spy series Spooks & Award winning New Zealand film "In My Father's Den" rises to the occasion.With the short running time, there is not enough time to allow Darcy's repressed & prejudiced personality to be fully represented -Macfadyen perfectly displays Darcy's social & class problems, his unfortunate attempts at gaining Eliabeth Bennet's interest & his painful adjustments to achieve their personal love story.Macfayden & Knightley's objectionable first dance,their embarrassingly moving Collins House meeting,the unexpected Pemberley encounter plus their two proposal scenes are highlights of this film. Engaging acting performances with wondrous film photography,film locations at some of United Kingdom's most famous stately homes, marvellous film sets & costumes plus one of 2005's best original music scores add greatly to this new film version. All in all one of the better films of 2005 -not perfect film making and not intended to be as subtle as Austen's novel -but a wonderful surprise with some changes to present a modern version of Pride & Prejudice for current audiences -do see this film as & when it is released worldwide....And after seeing the film or re-visiting 1995 BBC TV series -read the original novel for its classic storyline, memorable characters & Austen's brilliant writing style,wit & humour.....9 Out Of 10 for this different interpretation of an enduring classic
Having attended a regional charity premiere last night I can safely say that the actors chosen have more than succeeded in bringing their characters to life. This adaptation hit the perfect note every time in terms of humour, romance and warmth. Keira Knightley plays a wonderfully spirited Lizzie and MacFayden really hits the spot as a dour yet shy Darcy. The whole cast throw themselves into their roles with gusto and overall the film left this viewer charmed and delighted. Its obviously going to have a tough time proving itself to those who loved the BBC adaptation as that seems to have <more>
become for so many THE adaptation of the novel, but give this one a chance, those that don't will be missing out. Sorry to keep this brief but I don't want to be accused of giving anything away!
on the whole very good, but weak in places (by argomac)
With the mid-90's TV adaptation of Jane Austen's classic still a favourite in many fan's memories, the motivation for this big screen adaptation is not entirely clear. Nonetheless, it is a very faithful and ultimately enjoyable film. Director Joe Wright presents a visually stunning period piece. The choice of locations provide the ideal backdrop for the drama that unfolds around the central character of Elizabeth Bennet played surprisingly well by Kiera Knightley and her sisters. With American film investment, there is the occasional American star. Most notably, Donald <more>
Sutherland has been questionably cast as Mr Bennett, the calm father in the centre of the storm created by all the hysterical women in his family. Sutherland plays a different Bennet senior than we are used to, but brings such subtle humour and warmth to the role, you cannot help but appreciate his presence. The women in this film are all fairly standard. The younger and sisters simper and giggle as well as can be expected, and another American Jena Malone as Lydia copes admirably if a little immaturely when her character develops a brief storyline of her own. Rosamund Pike plays older bashful sister Jane with a quiet elegance, complimented very well by her suitor Simon Woods, charming to the last as Mr Bingley. By comparison, it is unfortunate the leading male role of Mr Darcy should have gone to Matthew MacFadyen. Comparisons to a certain Mr Firth aside, Mr MacFadyen delivers such a disappointing portrayal of Darcy, that it is only the sheer strength of the other cast members that save him from ruining the film entirely. It is all very well to look moody and raise an eyebrow occasionally, but this is not enough of a performance to give the character any depth, particularly as his love for Elizabeth blossoms. Perhaps it is the fault of the script, but since the rest has been so thoroughly written, this does not seem too likely. And in a standard little cameo, Dame Judi Dench thoughtfully refrains from stealing the scene as Lady Catherine De Bourgh. Having played Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, Lady Bracknell, and 'M' all within recent memory, her performance comes across as a stodgy mix of every formidable battle-axe rolled into one. Hardly stretching her acting muscle, but she is clearly an obvious choice to play her. Take from it what you will. The film has all the right ingredients to do the book justice, with the vast majority of the cast performing brilliantly, no matter what the role. Nearly let down by one or two, it manages to salvage itself from any real embarrassment, and eventually emerges as a very good film indeed.
Having never seen the BBC 1995 Mini-TV Series I went to see Pride & Prejudice with open eyes, not sure what to expect and wondering whether Matthew MacFayden could pull off the great Mr. Darcy.The opening of the film was a little disappointing, and it takes awhile for the dialogue, and the flow of the film to get going, but once it's started the film takes your breath away. Some of the camera-work and the shots are at times questionable, I'm sure Joe Wright's intent was to have the characters faces completely obscured by sunlight, but it doesn't really work. The locations <more>
are stunning however, and the film looks beautifulKeira Knightley puts in a fantastic performance, and Matthew MacFayden really comes into his own in the last half hour of the film, as he reveals the "real" Mr. Darcy.I'm going have to go and see the film again once it's on General Release again, I'm not sure how easy it'll be to stomach it the second time around.Overall, 8 out of 10 though!
One thing one can't deny about this movie is the almost perfect cast and the brilliant acting they have all put together to make this movie a very present movie to watch. Keira Knightley does deliver a great performance, much more than I have bargain for.It feels really good to finally able to see a really good romantic movie after all there hard one nowadays. The directing and cinematography is a bit strange as every shot have photography flames, but it work out just fine. The dialogue is beautiful and the casting is brilliant.I think the movie has been written really well and the pace <more>
of the movie is quite soft and charming throughout the movie, making a great flow. And despite many characters, there seem to be a great balance among them.Recommendation: Brilliant Acting. One Of The Best Romantic Movie In A Long While.Rating: 8/10 Grade: B+