Pride and Prejudice (PG)

Directed by Joe Wright, Writing credits Jane Austen (novel), Deborah Moggach (Screenplay)
On general release from September 16th 2005

Reviewed by Colin Serjent

Film adaptations of classical novels are not normally to my taste but this interpretation of Jane Austen's so-called 'Britain's favourite novel', directed by Joe Wright, proved to be pleasing on the eye.

Surprisingly this is the first film version of Pride and Prejudice since sixty-five years ago, when Laurence Olivier starred, but there have been numerous television versions.

The plus points to this film are the luscious photography, with some stunning images of the English countryside. The acting is also generally first-rate, notably Keira Knightley, who played Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters seeking to get married.

Matthew MacFadyen, in the character of Darcy, is also convincing in his portrayal of Elizabeth’s lovesick admirer.

Less appealing was Judi Dench, who in the guise of Darcy's aunt, came across as a pantomime queen. The American accent of Donald Sutherland - playing the part of the father of the sisters - also grated.

Perhaps worst of all though, a lot of Austen's best lines have been cut from the film.

Nevertheless, this is a very watchable and well-crafted production.

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