Film: Pride & Prejudice

Opened: November 11, 2005

Directed by: Joe Wright

Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Carey Mulligan, Jena Malone, Talulah Riley, Judi Dench, Simon Woods, Tamzin Merchant, Claudie Blakley, Kelly Reilly, Rupert Friend, Cornelius Booth, Peter Wight & Penelope Wilton

Making a classic novel into a film allows for much scrutiny, but Pride & Prejudice is near perfect in every sense.

As the Bennet family has no sons, Mrs. Bennet (Brenda Blethyn) is eager to marry her five daughters off well. When the wealthy bachelor Charles Bingley (Simon Woods) falls for eldest daughter Jane (Rosamund Pike), her sister Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) goes at odds with his fried Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen).

Knightley is absolutely perfect in the lead role. She has an affectionate quality that makes Elizabeth sympathetic, but she knows how to put up a fight against Mr. Darcy.

The film is a beautiful period piece with costumes showing the difference in class systems and party scenes with long shots easily showing what many characters are doing at the same time.

Final say: An entrancing love story. ★★★★★

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