|PRIDE & PREJUDICE (2005)|
|"One of these days, Lizzie, someone will catch your eye and then you'll have to watch your tongue."|
|Time: 127 mins.|
Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Knightley), Art Direction, Costume Design and Score.
SYNOPSIS: The five Bennet sisters including strong-willed Elizabeth and flighty, young Lydia have been raised by their mother with one purpose in life: finding a husband. When a wealthy bachelor takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. That is until Elizabeth meets up with the handsome Mr. Darcy, whose apparent snobbishness causes a battle of the sexes to begin.
BOTTOM LINE: While this certainly isn't the most in-depth or literary versions of this oft-told tale it is a very lush and romantic one. It relies mainly on mood and emotion to tell it's tale, which isn't necessarily a bad thing considering the costumes, cast and locations. However, for those new to the story (not sure who that would be) the plot, what there is of one, may be a bit to minimalist to follow. Usually less is more, but in this case there are just too many characters and not enough time to really do most of them, or their reasons for being in the story, justice. I know the story and there were a few moments even I was confused. Thankfully, Knightley and Macfadyen perfectly embody Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy with the wit, intelligence, anger and yearning the characters are so well known for. I can't say he's been my favorite actor in the Darcy role, but he's good enough to get the engines running. Knightley shows true maturity and depth as an actress, even in this lightened version. She may not be the prettiest girl in the room, but you're still unable to take your eyes off of her. Those who love this tale might be disappointed with this go round, but it will probably leave newbies wanting more.