Pride & Prejudice

by Joe Wright (Director)

Other authorsRosamund Pike (Actor), Keira Knightley (Actor), Paul Webster (Producer), Tim Bevan (Producer), Eric Fellner (Producer), Matthew Macfadyen (Actor), Jena Malone (Actor), Debra Hayward (Producer), Liza Chasin (Producer), Talulah Riley (Actor), Jane Frazer (Producer)
DVD, 2009

Call number

Literary, DVD 2

Collection

Publication

Universal Studios (2009)

Description

Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and 5 daughters. There is the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately, if Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met. The family's future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighbourhood of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing, rich, but proud Mr. Darcy. Love soon buds for one of the Bennet sisters, while another sister may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member Bookmomsgl
I did not enjoy this adaptation. I felt that the screenwriters took too many liberties and departed too much from the original text. Jane Austen's work is a classic, beloved by millions, enjoyed for generations, there is no need to depart from the original text. And that tacked-on, made up ending -
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just dreadful. Austen would never have written that sappy drivel for Elizabeth and Darcey.
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LibraryThing member datrappert
I saw this not long after it came out and was not that impressed. I couldn't warm up to Keira Knightley. Upon re-watching it seeral years later, along with a slew of Jane Austen movies, I liked it a lot better. But I prefer Jennifer Ehle in the BBC version. Still, it's a good story and this is a
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well-made film with good actors.
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LibraryThing member comfypants
A woman meets a snobbish gentleman.

3/4 (Good).

I don't feel like this book is able to translate to the screen, but this version does pretty well with it.
LibraryThing member ArayaK
I absolutely love this film. Not only because Keira Knightley perfectly encaptures Elizabeth's skepticism of the rules in her society and society at large with facial expressions, tone, and the ease with which she moves from wit to wrath with timely and always appropriate perfection, but MM carries
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Mr. Darcy's lack of social grace with weight and brooding and empathetic shyness, and watching his self-awareness grow is exciting and gorgeous. His walk. His voice, his eyes, his yearning - so so epic and heartbreaking. It is not the lengthy deep-dive into the psychology of two very different people, but I feel like it was not necessary as the scenes between these two actors were so well done, and the intensity of their personalities were so at the ready for battle, the words they spoke were far fewer than the BBC version, so every word spoken was important, brilliant and soul-rendering and ALL SO VERY AUSTEN. This is the movie I have watched more than any other (except Jackson's LoTR trilogy LOL) and one that I return to many times throughout the year. Lastly and almost if not probably as important - the music by composer Dario Marinelli is by far one of the greatest accomplishments in movie history. In it's very own right, beside the likes of Howard Shore and James Newton Howard, this soundtrack opens this film and you are already swept away in 18th century England. It is .absolutely brilliant. The fact that I am the BIGGEST fan of Colin Firth will never sway me from saying that beautiful, invested, keen, sharp-witted, brilliant British woman, Keira Knightley IS Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew MacFadyen IS Mr. Darcy. Bravo to Joe Wright. The most sensible, yet phenomenally beautiful, romantic movie ever.
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