Rightly winning wide acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, this latest take on Jane Austens classic Pride & Prejudice
is a real, all-round triumph. The age-old story still holds real resonance, and it follows the tale of five sisters dealing with love, and the many trials and tribulations that brings.
There are so many delights to director Joe Wrights take on the story, and his direction is a strong place to start. In spite of having to condense the tale to fit a movie running time, he nonetheless injects a real energy and intelligence to his retelling, and hes served supremely well by his cast. Backed up by strong support by the likes of Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland, its Keira Knightley in the lead turn whos a real surprise here. Her performance is a real joy, and very much at the core of the films success.
The film inevitably draws comparison with the superb 1995 BBC adaptation, and while arguably it doesnt quite scale the same peaks, its to the credit of the filmmakers that their version still holds strong. For this is a tremendously enjoyable drama, and one that should continue to find an audience for a long time to come. An excellent film.--Simon Brew
Adaptation of the classic novel by Jane Austen starring Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen. When wealthy Mr Bingley (Simon Woods) and his friend, the dashing Mr Darcy (MacFadyen) arrive in a small Hertfordshire town, Mrs Bennett (Brenda Blethyn) sees it as the perfect opportunity to marry off her eligible daughters. But when Elizabeth Bennett (Knightley) meets Mr Darcy, their equally headstrong natures get in the way of true love.