A film that “powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart“ – Official synopsis
It is Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in the 1800s and directed by Joe Wright… but it’s not Pride and Prejudice. Don’t fear, if you loved the 2005 Pride and Prejudice adaptation, then you’ll most likely love this as the Jane Austen and Regency literature connections are never ending.
If you haven’t seen the 2005 Keira Knightley (Joe Wright) Pride and Prejudice go and watch it now. Then, on the DVD, check out the extra alternate ending. Also known as the American/US ending. This blog post will include spoilers of that ending, so if you want to wait until you have seen it, stop reading now.
Otherwise, this is the ending that started it all:
Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice
Known as the “Hollywood” Pride and Prejudice or ‘that Keira Knightley one’, this is most likely the most mainstream P&P out there. Putting aside the fact that many people dislike Knightley, or ‘Pouty Mc Pouty’ to quote a most beloved Aunty, there is a beautiful aesthetic quality about Wright’s P&P that doesn’t fail to make me sigh every time I watch this version. There are stunning costumes, some absolutely gorgeous venues and scenery, the lovely Macfadyen as Darcy and Dario Marianelli has composed a lovely soundtrack that has graced my white iPhone headphones as of late. It truly is a masterpiece.