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Movie Review: Pride & Prejudice (E)

Plot Outline:

The story is based on Jane Austen's classic love story set in 18th century England, the family of Bennets including five daughters whose future is dependent on finding well-settled husbands. The Bennets brush with high society sophistication when the eldest (Rosamund Pike) is to be engaged to a wealthy Mr. Bingley whose friends include the wealthy, handsome and snobbish Mr. Darcy. The unfolding drama portrays pride, judgmental reactions and finding real love in the perspective of the beautiful and individualistic Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley).

Comment:

The thought of watching a classic had made me initially apprehensive about watching the movie. But as soon as the characters of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth start taking life, it is difficult not to get absorbed into the story. Although I haven’t read Jane Austen, I must say that the screenplay is excellent and captures 18th Century England, its picturesque landscapes and formal societies well. Elizabeth is the strongest character of the movie and Keira Knighley has done a wonderful job although deglamorised.

The movie has a lot of noteworthy moments; especially the comical one’s involving the poor Mr. Collins and the exchange of words between the Bennett parents. Rosamund Pike looks lovely and Keira character also considering the fact that she is 20 something is intriguing and absorbing and is the protagonist of the story. Mcfadyen has done justice to the role of Mr. Darcy a true blue-blooded gentleman. The movie is recommended for those who love well-made classics or even for just watching Keira Knighley.

Rating: 7/10 – Feels like reading a Book out of Georgian England on Big Screen
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