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.
I hate to keep up with Hollywood gossip, and what actors/actresses are doing, but ever since the A&E/BBC ’95 Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, I have personally longed to see them both grace the screen together again. My wish was granted, in a bizarre way, with both having returned to act in The King’s Speech (released 10 December 2010), which I have just seen at the movies.
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.