Pride & Prejudice (2005)
|The glorious world of Jane Austen is at last brought back to the screen in all its romance and wit in Pride & Prejudice. The film is faithful to the setting and period of the beloved novel and filmed entirely on location in the U.K. The classic tale of love and misunderstanding unfolds in class-conscious England near the close of the 18th century. The five Bennet sisters - Elizabeth, or Lizzie (Keira Knightley), Jane (Rosamund Pike), Lydia (Jena Malone), Mary (Talulah Riley), and Kitty (Carey Mulligan) - have been raised well aware of their mother's (two-time Academy Award nominee Brenda Blethyn) fixation on finding them husbands and securing set futures. The spirited and intelligent Elizabeth, however, strives to live her life with a broader perspective, as encouraged by her doting father (two-time Golden Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland). When wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. Amongst the man's sophisticated circle of London friends and the influx of young militia officers, surely there will be no shortage of suitors for the Bennet sisters. Eldest daughter Jane, serene and beautiful, seems poised to win Mr. Bingley's heart. For her part, Lizzie meets with the handsome and - it would seem - snobbish Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), and the battle of the sexes is joined. Their encounters are frequent and spirited yet far from encouraging. But a crisis involving youngest sister Lydia soon opens Lizzie's eyes to the true nature of her relationship with Mr. Darcy. The ensuing rush of feelings leaves no one unchanged, and inspires the Bennets and everyone around them to reaffirm what is most important in life.|
"Exhilarating. A joy from start to finish. Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Makes you believe in true love and happily-ever-after. Stephen Holden, NY Times
"****. Delicious - and nourishing for the romantic soul. Thelma Adams, US Weekly
"Grade A! A sumptuous pleasure! Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Enormously Entertaining. Keira Knightley gives a magical performance. Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper
"Keira Knightley is a tantalizing ball of fire. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine
"The Best Film of the Year! Jim Svejda, CBS Radio
Editor's NoteThis version of Jane Austen's fiercely beloved novel has the daunting task of living up not only to the classic book, but also to the excellent 1995 miniseries of the same name. Yet 2005's PRIDE & PREJUDICE is up to the task, thanks to lively pacing, a witty script, an excellent cast, and clever direction from British newcomer Joe Wright. The surprisingly still-relevant story follows the five Bennet sisters as they deal with suitors and love, as their mother desperately schemes to marry them off advantageously. Sweet-tempered beauty Jane (Rosamund Pike) develops feelings for the equally amiable and extremely wealthy Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods), but forces conspire to keep them apart--while Lizzie (Keira Knightley) finds herself first appalled by, but gradually drawn to, Bingley's aloof, intelligent, and socially awkward friend, Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFayden). The movie, at just over two hours, is forced to cut and condense a number of the book's subplots, and at times it tries to heighten the drama of certain scenes. But, for the most part, it's as faithful to the spirit of the original as time and cinematic convention allow.The tremendous supporting cast includes Brenda Blethyn as Mrs. Bennet and Donald Sutherland as her wry, withdrawn husband; Jena Malone as teenage twit Lydia; Judi Dench, effortlessly haughty and imperious, as Lady Catherine de Bourg; and Tom Hollander, who steals every scene he's in as the ludicrously pompous and awkward Mr. Collins. The movie's script, adapted by Deborah Moggach, manages to be proto-feminist without becoming anachronistic--and, like the novel, it is incisive about the class politics and gender inequalities of the day.
Pride and Prejudice (2005) - DVD Review
By: Joel Meares filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 1/15/2010 3:43 AM
|English students of the world rejoice – another reason not to read Jane Austen. Joe Wright’s latest incarnation of Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice is a mostly blissful time-traveling bus tour through a giggly and gorgeous English countryside. To your left note the lovely ladies Bennet, all sideways glances, blushing cheeks and innuendo. To your right, lenses at the ready for the dapper, tall, dark, and handsome objects of their affection, Darcy, Bingley, and Wickham! Swoon… Watch them as they play and woo, mismanage and miscarry, repress and reveal. This flighty matrimonial preamble is the pleasure of Wright’s adaptation, briskly played in balls and manors. When at its playful best, it dances lightly with humor and delight....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Dario Marianelli - Original Music By|
|Deborah Moggach - Screenplay|
|Debra Hayward - Executive Producer|
|Emma Thompson - Screenplay|
|Jane Austen - Based On Novel By|
|Joe Wright - Director|
|Liza Chasin - Executive Producer|
|Paul Tothill - Editor|
|Roman Oshin - Cinematographer|
Customer Reviews of Pride & Prejudice
I did enjoy this movie and also read the book. I'm not one for romance so I did not really enjoy the plot but everything had an elegant old English feel which i really enjoyed. I was impressed with the costumes especially. It was a fun movie to watch and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good Friday night movie to watch!
OMG, for the romantic at heart..4/24/2009
My daughters and I (my girls are 19,17 & 14) watch this movie at least 3 times a week.. it is so romantic... the charactors relate to just about everyone... the setting is beautiful, the actors/actresses are believable, and the story line is just plain wonderful!
I never thought I could watch another production of P&P. I thought Colin Firth was the ultimate Mr Darcy--I was wrong!