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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…
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.
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.
so i just wanted to inform you all that i was just in a show of pride and prejudice and i played wickham and i made out with the chick playing lydia on stage then one performance we realised her older brother and boyfriend and dad were all in the audience and i had to go apologise to them afterwards and i was ready to die in that moment
Pride and Prejudice drinking game! Take a shot whenever:
-Kiera Knightley is shown walking somewhere
-Kiera Knightley is shown walking somewhere in the rain and/or there is a scene set in the rain
-Mrs. Bennett is shrill
-Men and women greet each other with a bow and curtsy
-Someone says "Mr. Darcy"
I liked this version about as much as the 1940 one, though was sadly missing Laurence Olivier and the great repartee between the leads (there is some nice sparring here, but it is more subtle and not spoken with the same amount of relish). The photography and is often beautiful (one department where this version absolutely trumps the '40 version) and the attention to period detail is immaculate. The criticism and subversion of the era and its romantic tropes is very subtle and this adds a layer of complexity and nuance to the proceedings.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
i watched this once a week at college to have an outlet for happiness and sadness within a two hour span so i could pack up my emotions and continue on with my week. probably my favorite adaptation of P&P, mostly because of the cinematography and the simplistic take on both the Bennet family and their relationships. The opening scene still takes my breath away, and doing the math, I've seen the movie at least 40 times (i am not joking with you). the acting is perfect. the choice departures from the book are understandable and well earned. the scene where darcy helps bingley rehearse his proposal may as well be my lifeblood.
WHERE IS MY MR. DARCY AND MR. ROCHESTER (NOT EVEN THE SAME FILM BUT WHATEVER)?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
IM SO WOKE AFTER THIS
I watched this until about three in the morning. Yeah, I’ve seen it before, at least some of it before, and I had no reason to watch it, but I watched it anyway. It’s a feel-good movie, and I was in the mood to watch it.
MR DARCY DE MI VIDA
The rain scene alone ends every other romance movie on the planet. Oh, Mr. Darcy, how I want you.
The camera moves so fluidly, conversations unfold with incredible momentum and precision. It's exhilarating.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!