Pride and Prejudice- Film review
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s 1851 novel Pride and Prejudice is one of the most classic of all time. Director Joe Wright has condensed this famous novel into an entertaining and romantic 2005 spectacle. This totally enchanting screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel begins in a meadow just before sunrise. The Bennets (Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland) are the parents of five daughters and is in search to find a suitable husband for their girls, preferably one with good wealth. Sparks fly when Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods), a rich young bachelor has moved into a nearby estate and chooses to dance with the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane (Rosamund Pike) several times at the ball. In acquaintance with Bingley is his best friend, Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), an egotistic man full of pride who does not seem to be very interested in the local women. He soon expresses himself to be the most unpleasant and proud person ever to be met and this causes the second Bennet girl, Elizabeth (Keria Knightley) to be particularly vociferous in her dislike of him; yet despite their opposite social standing, he is madly in love with her. Wright has wisely incorporated the Austen novel into a real life feel. The meticulous production of the movie is highly commendable with the great utilisation of film techniques. Particularly in the scene where Elizabeth sees Darcy at Pemberley, there is constant camera movement, which emphasises the significance of the moment. The camera circles Elizabeth and then Darcy’s statue, conveying her emerging feelings for Darcy. This complements the novel well as it brings this significant scene to life. Another scene where Joe Wright has used many film techniques is the scene where Elizabeth reads her letter from Darcy. Wright never fails to be visually engaging. He cleverly summarised three chapters of Austen’s novel with soft lighting and darkness, using both to highlight the passage of...
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