Pride and Prejudice Adaptations: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Among the many film adaptions of Pride and Prejudice, the 2005 version starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen has become one of the better known versions. Most Austen fans love this movie and are even known to reference this movie far more than the classic novel. This period piece remains true to the novel with vivid scenery and period costumes, and brings the characters of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy to life.

Limited by the film’s time constraint some of the minor characters and scenes have been taken out; however, in simplifying the script, direct Joe Wright has been able to add more focus on the poignant moments in the novel. Viewers are able to follow along as Elizabeth and Darcy’s misunderstandings cause them to fall in love with each other. The original music soundtrack adds to the overall romantic feel of the movie. Both Knightly and Macfadyen are phenomenal actors who portray their characters in an emotional and positive light.

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Toni Guest