Movie Review of “Pride and Prejudice” (2005)

Pride & Prejudice Movie
Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

PG      Drama/Romance      Focus Features 
Starring: Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Matthew Macfadyen…

Classic Challenge Cluster-Cinema Review by Audrey

Looking back at my review of my Pride and Prejudice the book, I am still happy to say that I feel like this story holds more than what meets the eye. Now, after finally writing my review on the movie, I can say that even though it did not impact me like the book did, I was still satisfied with the outcome. We all know that normally the translation from book to movie does not always satisfy or completely falls flat. The sad truth about movies based off of books is that they often cram too many different aspects into about two hours of screen time. It takes away from what you loved most about the book.

Pride and Prejudice is not an easy read, so I was pretty skeptical on how the movie would be. I of course had my hopes, but I knew better than to think it would hold up to the standards of this classic.  After finishing the movie, I was happy with the choices that were made for the overall outcome.  Even though I immediately recognized some definite changes. I was not bothered by most of them. Some scenes like when Elizabeth meets Mr. Darcy’s sister threw me off and displeased me a bit. Even though a few of these alternative scenes happened, I was not put off at the changes and understand it was to make the movie flow more properly and to shorten it’s length.

Of course you cannot go into a movie and not wonder who is playing the parts and if they are going to do your beloved characters justice. This was another area in the movie where I was not let down. I thought that every actor and actress portrayed their character how I imagined them in my own head. Now, I know that my mom had a few different thoughts on this area than me but overall we were both pleased.


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