PRIDE & PREJUDICE
Starring: Keira Knightly, Matthew
MacFayden, Rosamund Pike,
Brenda Blethyn, Donald
Sutherland, and Dame Judi
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 135 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features (Universal
Director: Joe Wright
Executive Producer: Debra Hayward and Liza Chasin
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and
Writer: Deborah Moggach
Address Comments To:David Linde and James Schamus
Focus Features/Rogue Pictures
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Well, there's no need for such thinking with this new version of Jane Austen's classic. It is, perhaps, the most exquisite, magnificent movie this year. . . a true instant masterpiece. PRIDE & PREJUDICE is so wonderful, in fact, that we can't wait to see it again and again. The movie is so beautifully done, so entertaining, so funny, and so emotionally powerful that it truly is one of those movies that you don't want to see come to an end.
Director Joe Wright opens his version of this classic with a brilliant tracking shot introducing Elizabeth Bennet, the Bennet family and their quaint farmhouse in rural 1797 England. Mrs. Bennet is desperately searching for a husband for her eldest daughter, Jane, so that she can start marrying off her four other daughters, including Elizabeth, the second eldest.
At a dance, the two eldest daughters encounter two gentlemen from England, a Mr. Bingley and a Mr. Darcy. Mrs. Bennet is immediately pleased to see that Mr. Bingley takes an instant liking to Jane, because Mr. Bingley is extremely rich. Darcy, however, seems to be a dour young man who locks horns with Elizabeth. Even so, were it not for the immediate hostility between the two, they are a perfect match for one another, because of their interest in books, witty repartee and the life of the intellect.
Mr. Bingley's sister, Caroline, clearly disapproves of Jane and the Bennet family, but it is Mr. Darcy who convinces his friend to break off the relationship, because of Jane’s apparent indifference. Elizabeth is furious when she hears, from Darcy’s own lips, about his meddling, for she knows that what Darcy mistakes for indifference is simply Jane’s shy demeanor and integrity. For, Jane is anxious not to appear as mercenary as her mother, who has been bragging prematurely about the upcoming engagement to the rich Mr. Bingley.
It has become clear, however, that Darcy and Elizabeth are falling deeply in love with one another themselves. Can they overcome their pride and prejudice to find true happiness?
PRIDE & PREJUDICE is incredibly witty and funny. As the misunderstandings and disagreements mount, it becomes profoundly and terribly sad as well. This is a comedy, however, and the ending is wonderfully rewarding, totally uplifting and emotionally profound. The movie thoroughly engages the viewer.
Best of all, the movie strongly extols Christian virtues such as love, charity, forgiveness, and reconciliation. The premise overtly and clearly shows that Christian love and charity overcomes pride and prejudice. The filmmakers also clearly show that being a good and generous person is an extremely worthy pursuit. Like the viewers, Elizabeth learns that Mr. Darcy is not only a good match for her, he is also a gentleman of the highest Christian virtue. PRIDE & PREJUDICE is simply sublime.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE is a magnificently accomplished entertainment. It is incredibly witty and funny. As the misunderstandings and disagreements mount, it also becomes profoundly and terribly sad. This is a comedy, however, and the ending is wonderfully rewarding, totally uplifting and profound. The movie thoroughly engages the viewer. Best of all, it strongly extols Christian virtues such as love, charity and forgiveness. Like the viewers, Elizabeth learns that Mr. Darcy is a perfect match for her and a gentleman of the highest Christian virtue.