Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Pride & Prejudice
A romance ahead of its time.
Pride and Prejudice is a humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr Bennet is an english gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and 5 daughters. If Mr Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met, so the family's future happiness and security is dependant on the daughters making good marriages.
I don't really have much of a reason for why this movie doesn't deserve five stars. Joe Wright's direction is superb and the film is simply gorgeous. The performance are all top notch, with Keira Knightley especially bringing the thunder. The story is surprisingly intriguing, and I actually found myself rooting for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth to get together. So, I guess if I had to give a reason why this doesn't get five stars, it would have to be the complete lack of dueling in the film. At least one duel would have kicked the film up a notch. Someone get Jane Austen on the phone and tell her we need more dueling.
Pride and Prejudice has been my favorite book since I first read it at the age of eleven. Since then, I've watched every film and mini-series adaptation, and Joe Wright's version rings in at number 2. The top spot has to go to BBC's 1996 mini-series starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. That version is absolutely perfect and wonderful, but it's too long for more than once a year for me. In between, I like to watch this version because it's beautiful, easy to digest, and focuses on arguably the best parts of the story.
The cinematography is what makes this version so special and riveting. Seemingly small and insignificant moments feel passionate and…
Excellent Austen adaptation.
Too bad someone decided to cast that anorexic walking jaw.
When will the world realise that that woman can't act?
She completely drags this beautifully shot and otherwise well acted film down.
You'll have to forgive my tumblings, but it's been a while....
I watched 12 movies in the first four days of the year, but haven't watched a movie since. Add my slow December and last half of November, and you might think me outgrowing my Peter Pan syndrome at last. That's certainly not the case, and I doubt I'll ever do. Bare with me, as Letterboxd is still my number one spot for internet entertainment, even if I'm having few reviews of my own to put up every so often.
I have however first had a period of time catching up on my TV-shows, and then later I've actually been rather busy every so often, and chosen the shorter runtime…
In the Secret Gay Handbook that a rainbow colored imp delivers to your doorstep after you come out of the closet, there's an entire chapter devoted to the importance of liking Jane Austen. However, even if I didn't have some sort of innate predilection towards these beautiful, passionate, romantic works, I have a feeling that this film would stagger me.
Don't get me wrong; Keira Knightley has never been my favorite actress, and the Colin Firth miniseries is significantly closer to the original novel, but there is something here that just clicks. It's not a surprise either when you consider everything it has going for it:
1. Jane Austen novels are perfect for movies. Like most screenplays, most of Austen's…
I just really, really, REALLY like costume dramas.
Joe Wright's adaptation of Jane Austen's novel finds a terrific balance between classiness and entertainment. The script is refined and avoids melodrama, but it's also lively, energetic, romantic and quite funny. The dialogue is excellent as well.
Keira Knightley might have been born to star in films like these. She's really excellent in the lead, bringing an energy to the part that a costume drama needs in order to prevent it from getting too stuffy. The whole cast is great though, specifically a very young Jenna Malone and Rosamund Pike.
The real star is Joe Wright, however, whose visual style is more subtle than his other films, but no less spectacular. This…
Lovely romantic movie, really liked and i'm gonna see this forever, you never gonna get bored of this. You gonna fall in love with they falling in love.
Just mentioning this movie in our household is akin to an act of blasphemy. Indeed, after smuggling it inside, my brother Sam and I watched it with the volume turned down low whilst everyone else was asleep. The reason is that among period drama fans the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries is Mecca. A masterpiece of casting, direction, and delivery, there’s really nothing I can say against it.
It’s a further testament to our familiarity with the story that my sixteen-year-old brother (brother, mind) was full of detailed, enthusiastic criticism. “That’s not Mr. Bennet,” he opined as a grouchy Donald Sutherland mumbled his lines. As a long, single shot captured the Netherfield Ball (Sam commented, appreciatively, on the camera-work): “Is…
I know I'm not the target audience for this film at all, but this really did feel amazingly unengaging and dull. It had nice production values and performances seemed fairly grand, but I just couldn't get into this at all.
Oh how many times have I seen this now? I love it. Every scene is just so lovely, the tension between Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy keeps the film so compelling, and it ends exactly the way you want it to.
The perfect film (and filmmaker, for that matter) for literary geeks. Impressively directed, with an incredible demonstrated knowledge of the nuances and philosophies of a particular time period.
Beautiful as it always is. Joe Wright's impeccable camera work gracefully accents this already impeccable story.
I mean, Lizzie and Darcy totally did not almost kiss during his first proposal, so THERE'S THAT
I did not like what I saw but I got what I expected. Sarah warned me that this movie wasn’t any good, but I had a little hope that it might show some merit for its existence. After all, it’s in our collection, so there must be something to like right? Unfortunately, I think attachment to the material is its only reason for its place on our shelf. The vitriolic language spewing from my mouth in the first 10 minutes of the movie would have made Ron Jeremy blush, as I found myself being rushed through one of my favorite stories, finding no nuance or poise. I can say that I enjoyed many aspects of the set design and the…
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