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…
about half way through this austen adaptation, elizabeth and darcy meet under these huge roman columns, amidst the pouring rain, with the verdant rolling english countryside surrounding them, when darcy utterly blindsides elizabeth by - of all things - proposing! then they proceed to argue vociferously. elizabeth informs him that he's basically the last man on earth she would ever want to marry. and yet, before darcy storms off, they share such an erotically charged moment that it puts many an overt filmic display of lust to shame.
see, that's the thing about austen. she wrote about propriety, decorum, rules, and manners, but underneath it all she was also concerned about romance, love, and individual desire.
this film captures the…
Part of my Double Feature Challenge
Watching this immediately after seeing the 1940 original, I couldn't help but notice the differences first. Of course, this version was shot in color and on location in England, not in B&W on a Hollywood studio lot. It leaps into the action much more quickly, too, not bothering to define the individual characters of the five Bennet girls before setting them in contact with the wealthy Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods), his aloof sister Caroline (Kelly Reilly) and the proud, brooding Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen)
Mr. Bennet is played by Donald Sutherland, which seems to suit both the actor and the part. His humor is low key, subtle, but obvious, with an added dimension of…
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.
A fantastic modern take on a Jane Austen classic, which handles its subject material with grace, humour and respect. You'll notice that not one character kisses in the UK cut of the film.
I've watched this many a times due to my mum, but some part of me has a great respect for it and it is very watchable.
While I admire Wright's approach, which does instill a healthy vitality into his subjects, and has careful eye for how each of the characters and their backgrounds fit into the whole, it's still a disappointing adaption.
Just watch the miniseries.
Due to the well-known book this movie was based on, I was curious to watch how the story would be transformed into a film.
Even though I've watched several movies in which Keira Knightley is an important character, I had never given her much attention - it all changed in Pride & Prejudice, where I actually recognize that she played her part extremely well. I also got surprised when I saw Rosamund Pike (who I 'fell in love' with in Gone Girl), Donald Sutherland and Jena Malone (I didn't recognize her at first).
I must say the costume design was on point and the actresses looked gorgeous, as well as the scenery. The cinematography is amazing, I loved those continuous shots and the little details like the one when Elizabeth is joining her family on the carriage with Mr. Darcy's help.
I guess I must reread the book now.
I love this book and this version of the film is a hell of a lot truer to it than the 1940 version with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson. I still like the older one, mind you. The 1995 mini-series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle is the best, but Knightley and Macfadyen have some great chemistry and the production looks wonderful.
I feel like I grew a vagina watching this movie
Another film I that I stupidly put off watching (I have a very long list of those to get through).
Pretty much everything about it was perfect, especially the scorching chemistry between Jane (Keira Knightly) and Mr Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen). One of my favourite Jane and Mr Darcy scenes was when he held her hand to help her as she got into the carriage. Then as he was walking away he flexed his hand, the one he touched Jane's hand with, almost as if his hand had been burned. Now if that's not scorching chemistry then I don't know what is.
I also liked that Mr Darcy wasn't the most handsome man but his actions, integrity and character are what…
The most poignant, truthful moment of Pride and Prejudice is when our heroine Elizabeth Bennett is told by her best friend Charlotte, "not all of us can afford to be romantic...I'm 27 years old, I've no money and no prospects, I'm already a burden to my parents and I'm frightened; so don't judge me, Lizzie, don't you dare judge me!" Charlotte had just accepted a proposal from the dreadfully dull yet wealthy preacher Collins. The very same Collins which Elizabeth herself had callously turned down. In the romantic world of Austen, this might be the single most realistic moment. Not all of us can afford to be romantic.
The fantasy of Pride and Prejudice is that we'd all like to…
It's a boy-meets-girl-and-they-hate-each-other-then-fall-in-love sappy romantic film, but its unoriginal concept can hardly be judged, since it is based off Jane Austen's story - and she's a tad bit older than the entire history of film, so...
Elizabeth Bennet can easily be added to my list of Keira Knightley characters that are both elegant and feminine, but also pop off at people who try to take advantage of them. The loving chemistry between Keira and Rosamund Pike as the older sister duo was another favorite aspect of mine.
All in all, I can say I regret refusing to watch this when I was younger due to the fact my mom and older sister never shut up about it. The only frustration that sprouted from watching 'Pride and Prejudice' is that Mr. Darcy's first name is never said once. What is it? I wanna know.
Tip-Top Adaptation of an All-Too-Familiar Piece
This brings me memories from middle school, when i read the book and saw the BBC TV-Show, even i saw the indian adaptation and liked it. Now i did a rewatch to this film, if you felt in love with the book it's very likely you will love this version.
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
With so many reviews on the site now it is easy to miss the good ones so I thought a…