Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice

Blu-ray Disc - 2010
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Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and 5 daughters. There is the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately, if Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met. The family's future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighborhood of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing, rich, but proud Mr. Darcy. Love soon buds for one of the Bennet sisters, while another sister may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness.

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The party is probably my favorite scene in the entire movie; it's well done and it feels like people are actually having fun.

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4536o
Sep 20, 2018

In the arts, every work is subject to interpretation. Jane Austen's great Regency novel actually reads as set in the earlier Georgian Period, which was dominated by Enlightenment thought, with its emphasis on the pure and the rational. The crisp 1995 BBC production faithfully reflected this sensibility.
Here, P&P feels well after Austen's actual 1813 publication--in the Romantic Era, when the arts had become awash in emotion. You notice this immediately, as, for instance, the Bennett home is placed in a grimy farmyard, and the sweeping exterior vistas are wild rather than clipped.
Keira Knightly's memorable rendering of Elizabeth is consequently much more emotionally charged than was Jennifer Ehle's perfectly controlled interpretation of our heroine of a decade earlier.
It pointless to champion one over the other: purists will prefer the former, while others will respond to the additional vibrancy of the latter. After all, we can love both!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2018

Rating: 5/5 This film is the epitome of true romance at its finest. The film is adapted from the novel by Jane Austin and follows the life of Elizabeth Bennett in the 1800s. Elizabeth is from a family of 5 young women all seeking to marry and live happily ever after. With an over-eager mother and a beautiful older sister, Elizabeth does not expect and is not expected to fall in love with the rich (and handsome) Mr. Darcy. The film is dramatic, hilarious and romantic all while honouring the tasteful courtship of the time. You will fall in love with the characters and the plot. This is the perfect book for the hopelessly romantic!
@sunsetzuzu of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

SPPL_Violet Mar 21, 2018

I think my college professor lost a little bit of respect for me when I told her this was my favorite version and not the Colin Firth one.

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nawchem
Feb 18, 2018

I love Jane Austen's writing, documenting the roles women were forced into by not having the basic rights of modern society. Shows the weird interplay of romance and reliance on men that was necessary for women to have decent lives. This movie is entertaining, I love the story. I think Kyra Knightley did a wonderful job. I never tire of watching this movie.

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Janice21383
Feb 09, 2018

"Hey, what if we took the character of Mary, and made her the heroine of Pride & Prejudice -- but she's all feisty? Twist!" This is what I imagined was going through minds of the producers of this film, one of a long line of Austen adaptations that seem to be struggling to distinguish themselves. My mind had a lot of opportunity to drift, until finally I turned it off. The characters, never Miss Austen's most subtle, are more exaggerated, Matthew Macfadyen is miscast as the cold, proud, handsome Mr. Darcy -- he's a good actor, but c'mon, look at him -- and Joe Wright directs in his usual ham-fisted way. But what really killed the film for me was Keira Knightly as Elizabeth. Her acting range is...let's say not great, and that thing she does with her jaw drives me up a wall. Okay, so I didn't like it. Who would? People who either didn't read or didn't like the book; people who like their heroines the standard spirited, bookish, and beautiful-but-don't-know-it; people who like to cry into wine.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jul 26, 2017

I don't generally read chickbooks; as Marvin says in As Good As It Gets: "I think of a man, and take away reason and accountability." I almost discarded this film as at the start it seems to be ridden with vapid women, but I like Donald Southerland(and he rewarded me when I stayed with the film); so, I stayed with it, and it turns out that the two older daughters are very admirable effective women and it is a warm story. Only the nattering ninny mother and her three younger daughters are lacking any reason or accountability.

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Mrojas0799
Jul 14, 2017

A very good modern adaption. I thought the cast fit well together and accurately portrayed the story.

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swyckl
May 31, 2017

I enjoyed this very much. Well presented. Strong story. Well acted. If you love a non-fiction story using fiction names and places describing what it was like to live late 1800's you will love this story. That is what Jane Austin effectively preserves in her verbatim of the rules of love and the societal class system which existed. It represents what limited options females were allowed in society. Women were unable to follow a career, go to school. Women could only marry to secure their future. They had to try to marry the riches man possible to insure they did not starve or be homeless. The marriage they picked secured the future for their children too. There was no birth control then. If a female risked pregnancy out of wedlock, she was abandoned left to die and so was her child. Thank god, the present society in North American has advanced since then and women have more options.

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ssaradd
Apr 14, 2017

Definitely not the best book adaptation, but I love this film. The music, the actors, the dreamy settings. I can watch this again and again. I have spent many a rainy day crying over my wine with the credits of this film rolling.

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Grecoel
Apr 13, 2017

Elizabeth Bennet: Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony, which is why I will end up an old maid.

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ChanellyBelly
Jul 21, 2014

"We all are fools in love."

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Monolith
Jan 13, 2013

Mrs. Bennet: "Have you no compassion for my poor nerves?!?" Mr. Bennet: "You mistake me, my dear. I have the highest respect for them. They've been my constant companion these twenty years..."

Captain_America Aug 26, 2011

Mrs Bennet: "Mr. Bennet, do something!!!"
Mr. Bennet with a deep sigh, "Elizabeth, your mother will never see you again if you don't marry Mr. Colins. And . . . I will never see you again if you do."
Elizabeth with a grateful smile, "Thank you, Papa."

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KHaney Mar 19, 2008

Pride and Prejudice is a humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr Bennet is an english gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife. The Bennets 5 daughters; the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately for the Bennets, if Mr Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met, so the family's future happiness and security is dependant on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighbourhood of the rich gentleman Mr Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing (and richer) but proud Mr Darcy. Love is soon in the air for one of the Bennet sisters, while another may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness, including class, gossip and scan

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