Year: 2005 Rating: 7.8 Description: 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? Runtime: 129 mins. Directed by: Joe Wright Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland
There aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to adequately describe the brilliance of this production. As a student and teacher of Literature, Theatre, and Film I can confidently and categorically state that this is the finest film adaptation of any classic novel ever produced. The screenplay is remarkably faithful, the art direction spellbinding, the costuming and settings are breathtaking, while the casting showcases the strongest ensemble of actors I have ever witnessed. Bear in mind that this is all coming from someone who has never seen an adequate film version of any classic novel, to the extent that I no longer thought it possible. Ladies, beware Colin Firth as the definitive Darcy for he is guaranteed to make you swoon. Jennifer Ehle, as Lizzy, stole my heart. Please don’t tell my wife but I have never been so deeply in love with any actress. Her elegant and powerfully understated portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet does Austen’s scintillating satire of manners great credit. In the context of recently produced Austen films I would say that Roger Michell’s production of Persuasion was endearing, Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility was a treat for both, but Simon Langton’s production of Pride and Prejudice is the most sublime, definitive, and unparalleled production of P&P yet produced. It is just pure Austen. Both First and Last Impressions remain the same on this one, it is a true classic. An absolute MUST for all Jane Austen fans. Yes, Virginia I have two copies. The 1996 edition and the 2001 Digitally Remastered “Special Edition.” Although the audio is somewhat better on the remaster I would argue that the color and resolution are richer on the original. I wonder if the 2010 “Restored” Blue Ray version would be a good excuse to buy a third copy? Hmmm….
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