Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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.
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…
A different kind of romance. Pride & Prejudice tells the romance story between two unlikely people from two unlikely families. It doesn't act like your typical romance film but instead takes a more subtle approach. By utilizing facial expressions and character's actions, we see the romance blossom even if it is not apparent on screen. This includes awkward pauses, confrontations, and unexpected interactions that make the relationship feel more true-to-life and well acted. However, it is too obscure and broad for its own good. The romance is never the true focus of the film and relies on other events and characters to tell its story. This creates a feeling of distraction or overall disinterest. Most of these events are for world…
❤ MR. DARCY ❤
With as much sumptuousness as Austen's prose and enough wit to get by, this is probably the best adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE as we're likely to ever get, not least of which because of the cast, which is perfect from top to bottom. Unfortunately, even the best adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE is still just an adaptation.
I'm surprised I've not logged this before now as I've been made to watch it on more than one occasion, what with my wife being a fan of the costume drama, and in particular the works of Jane Austen. I can only assume at those other points I didn't watch it in it's entirety, although I have definitely seen the whole film.
i watched this late last night after i watched 4 horror movies throughout the day. this one was the mistake.
but i still enjoyed it because i love jane austen.
Just as good the third time as it is the first
The final scene always makes me tear up.
I watched another movie in which MacFadyen wasn't looking so hot and felt the need to rewatch this and confirm he's a babe in it (he is).
The opening of Joe Wright's take on "Pride & Prejudice" draws you in. There's something about the way that Wright navigates the architecture of the house that is just so visually pleasing. Keira Knightley is also quite good, I suppose. She's not as good here as she is in her more recent work, like "Anna Karenina", where she is truly wonderful and convincing. Here, we see her ultra-smiley mode that often invaded her earlier performances like in "Bend it Like Beckham" which can get somewhat irritating after a while. It suits her character here, though, so that is some form of a success.
I can't really think of anything more that I truly enjoyed. Maybe the dance sequence? I don't know. Perhaps these types of films just aren't for me. I'm not against romances, but something about this didn't really move me. Maybe I'm just cold and heartless.
Complete list. :-(
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…