09 July 2013

Challenge Review: Pride and Prejudice (movie)

Movie: Pride and Prejudice
Elizabeth Bennet: Keira Knightley
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy : Matthew MacFadyen

"The glorious world of Jane Austen is at last brought back to the big screen in all its romance, wit, and emotional force in Pride & Prejudice. Faithful to the setting and period of the beloved novel and filmed entirely on location in the U.K., this is the first movie version of the story in 65 years." ~ Focus Films

This beloved story of love and misunderstanding during the Regency Era shows us into the lives to the Bennets – Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty (Catherine) and Lydia. The girls have been raised by their mother, Mrs.Bennet, to secure a husband post haste since the family home is entailed to a distant male cousin. Mr. Bennet on the other hand prefers to left alone in his study and enjoys the company of the his second daughter, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was never Mrs. Bennet's favorite daughter, that title belongs to Lydia, because of her spirited and intelligent personality. Jane and Elizabeth vow to only marry for love and not to marry just any suitor their mother puts in their path.

When Mr. Bingley moves into a house, Mrs. Bennet is determined that he will marry one of her daughters Mr. Bingley brings along his sister, Caroline Bingley, and his best friend, Mr.Fitzwilliam Darcy. And so the fun begins. The movie stays true to a lot of the book but varies from time to time.

I truly enjoyed the movie when I first saw it back in 2005 and have been in love with Matthew MacFadyen's Mr. Darcy. Although the first proposal was outside and in the rain instead of the Hunsford parsonage, I think is showcased the passion and strong personalities of each individual. And when our couple finally come together, she walking outside Longbourn and him walking through the mist from Nerthfield, takes my breath away.

I have to thank Keira, Matthew and Joe Wright for an enjoyable and lovely movie!


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