"I could more easily forgive his vanity had he not wounded mine."
Pride & Prejudice is a more than adequate adaptation of Jane Austen's most famous celebrated novel. It marries her classic writing with an excellent cast, great sets, and beautiful cinematography.
For me, the movie begins and ends with Keira Knightley. If she wasn't in it, I doubt I ever would have been compelled to watch it. But knowing how good of an actress she is and how she excels in period movies like this, I was happy to give it a shot. And she was wonderful, as usual. It's hard to imagine a better modern actress to portray Elizabeth Bennett. She was, of course, supported on all sides by fine performances from Donald Sutherland, Rosmaund Pike, Judi Dench, and several others. But it was undoubtedly Knightley's show, and there was nary a hitch to be seen.
The other standout element in Pride & Prejudice is the dialogue. This is no surprise, as the script was lifted directly from Austen's lauded prose. Good writing made the novel a favorite for over 200 years, and it makes this movie a success, as well.
I can't imagine anyone who has enjoyed the book thinking that this is anything other than a fine adaptation, all around.