Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

NY Time Review We saw the 2005 version of "Pride & Prejudice" today (A-).  The acting was good by everybody.  I'm sure everybody remembers the story from Jane Austin's novel of the same name... rural family with 5 marriageable daughters... two oldest daughters fall in love with handsome and rich men, but it takes the entire movie to get them together.  It's a romance, one of the originals that helped spawn an entire publishing genre.



Matthew MacFadyen plays Mr. Darcy perfectly - a sensitive and extremely snobbish man who is put off by the Bennet girls and their family.  Keira Knightley is Elizabeth Bennet, the proud girl who is the object of Mr. Darcy's reluctant affections.  MacFadyen and Knightly are both gorgeous.



It's nice to see Donald Sutherland play a good man.  I've been watching him be a monster politician in the Commander and Chief TV series and he's just despicable.  In this movie he is the lovable father of the Bennet girls who has learned to go with the flow of all the women running his life.



The woman playing Mrs. Bennet, Brenda Blethyn, has played many more serious rolls very well, most notably "Secrets & Lies".  She's a wonderful Mrs. Bennet.



I recommend this one if you are in the mood for a happy ending, beautiful costumes and beautiful scenery.



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