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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as Elizabeth Bennet
as Mr. Darcy
as Mrs. Bennet
as Mr. Bennet
as Mary Bennet
as Jane Bennet
as Lydia Bennet
as Kitty Bennet
as Mr. Collins
as Mr. Bingley
as Lady Catherine de Bourg
as Mr. Gardiner
as Lt. Wickham
as Caroline Bingley
as Mrs. Gardiner
as Meryton Milliner
as Sir William Lucas
as Georgiana Darcy
as Charlotte Lucas
as Mr. Hill
as Col. Fitzwilliam
as Mrs. Hill
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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!
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