Keira Knightly's interpretation of Elizabeth Bennet was ridiculous. She made her out to be sort of a snot. Elizabeth would never have disrespected her mother the way Knightly's version did in this movie. It was not true to the book, to the character, or to the period. And that ending scene was complete garbage. Perhaps it was bad directing & not completely the actress's fault but that totally ruined the movie, for me.
My advice, if you loved the book & want to see an accurate & entertaining film adaptation, watch the 1995 Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version.
If you love Jane Austen like I do, you must see this wonderful movie. This is one of the best things I have ever seen on TV. Jennifer Ehle (Paradise Road) and Colin Firth (The English Patient) play Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy respectively. They are perfect! I am totally in love with Colin Firth because of this movie. The entire cast is just great! The movie is really faithful to the book and I just can't recommend it enough. This is the best version of Pride & Prejudice I've seen. I own … more
Accompanied with a moving score and set in the lush English countryside, Joe Wright has the daunting task of doing this Jane Austen classic justice. The cinematography does a brilliant job of exploring the estates and the rolling hills of the English countryside. I never pictured Kiera Knightly as one of my favorite literary heroines but she does a fine job balancing Elizabeth's rebellious and intelligent nature. Mr. Bingly, played by Simon Woods is equal parts charming and … more
If reading classics hurts your brain and long movies are too boring Try this short version of the tale It will not have you snoring Mr. Bennet's a gentle man who has a nagging spouse With five daughters under his roof It's such a noisy house The elder daughters are his pets The rest he just finds silly Some cheery ribbons for the hair Makes each … more
Pros: True to the spirit of the text, gorgeous scenes, well acted. Cons: Minimizes some of the minor characters. The Bottom Line: This is a beautifully rendered version of the novel. It accomplishes very much in a short amount of time. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. I've read the book at least five times. I've seen several movie versions and own the PBS miniseries version with Colin … more
There is a sweep and grandeur to "Pride and Prejudice," which gives the movie an instant appeal. Based on the Jane Austin classic, the scenes move forward at a brisk pace to keep our interest, but it is the portrayals that make the movie continually engaging. The Bennet family is of small means. The father, and, particularly, the mother, are interested in seeking suitors for each of their five daughters. Focus is primarily on Elizabeth (Keira Knightly), or "Lizzie," the protagonist, … more
Beautiful cinematography and an Academy Award-nominated performance from Keira Knightley make this newest film version of Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE one to savour. Although there is a legion of dedicated fans for whom the 1995 BBC miniseries (with Colin Firth) is still the definitive screen treatment, director Joe Wright (with a screenplay by Deborah Moggach and Emma Thompson) invests this version with a youthful feel and a slightly earthy, grittier edge. Most importantly, Knightley and Matthew … more
This 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 certa...