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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