Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Critic Consensus: Sure, it's another adaptation of cinema's fave Jane Austen novel, but key performances and a modern filmmaking sensibility make this familiar period piece fresh and enjoyable.
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Critic Reviews for Pride and Prejudice
It's a fitfully engaging romance, it's just not Pride and Prejudice.
Keira's cat-smile suggests such supernal all-knowingness that, with Austen's adapted dialogue (via Deborah Moggach) tripping off her tongue, she comes off as an eighteenth-century Maureen Dowd.
Wright wastes no time in squeezing the plot into his just-over-two hours running time, but the film never feels rushed, particularly when so much of it is spent watching and waiting, as the characters come to understand the world they live in.
Dare I say that even Jane Austen herself would have delighted in the final triumph of Ms. Knightley's quick-witted Elizabeth in this film? Yes, I do, and all the highbrow and middlebrow cinephobes of the world be damned.
I just feel like I've seen this so many times.
Audience Reviews for Pride and Prejudice
With a great cast, a wonderful score and a sumptuous production design that feels like a travel in time, this is a delightful adaptation that benefits mostly from Austen's dialogue (despite not being as charming as when you read it) and Keira Knightley's strong performance.
Decent, but really not my type of movie. I would totally hate to live in that era, I can't believe women go all silly over it. I just felt cross the whole time watching the women married off and treated like cattle. Not my idea of a romantic film! As to the cast, the highlight here is Keira. She is fantastic as Lizzie. The actor playing Darcy, I agree with a previous reviewer - he looks constipated. Carey Milligan doesn't have a lot to do here but giggle. Jenna Malone I couldn't even recognize. The parents I found tiresome. The movie itself looks great and there are some nice shots here. I am very mixed on this movie. I didn't like the message a whole lot - particularly the 15 year old sister. However, I realize different times. At least Lizzie was a little older and spirited. I guess I am still thinking about it a day later, so it must work in some level...
This film really took me by surprise, not by how good it was, but by how much I liked it. This excellent film completely took me in and I absolutely loved it.
There's really not much to say about this one. The story is great, and brilliantly adapted from the famous Jane Austen novel. The cinematography is excellent, as are the props, costumes, etc...you are truly transported into the era. The music is good; the writing is good; the cast is good...everything about this film is good.
Special mention must go to Keira Knightley Oscar nominated performance. It really was that good! She's an actress that I highly respect and enjoy despite the skeptics that accuse her of not being that great of an actress. But her performance here is proof of her talents. I loved her in this film!
Pride & Prejudice is an excellent film! A must see!
Pride and Prejudice Quotes
|Elizabeth Bennet:||I wonder who first discovered the power of poetry in driving away love.|
|Mr. Darcy:||I thought poetry was the food of love.|
|Elizabeth Bennet:||Of a fine, stout love it may. But if it is only a vague inclination I'm convinced one poor sonnet would kill it stone dead.|
|Mr. Darcy:||So what do you recommend, to encourage affection?|
|Elizabeth Bennet:||Dancing. Even if one's partner is barely tolerable.|
|Charlotte Lucas:||not all of us can afford to be romantic|
|Charlotte Lucas:||Not all of us can afford to be romantic.|
|Mr. Darcy:||You have bewitched me in body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you.|
|Elizabeth Bennet:||From the first moment I met you, your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others, made me realize that you were the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.|