Written on: 23/09/2005 by Stone Cold Steve Austin (12 reviews written)
At times, surprisingly engaging
About the right length
Like the previous reviewer, I was dragged to see Pride and Prejudice by my girlfriend. To be honest, I wanted to hate this film, however for some almost inexplicable reason I couldn't. After the first five minutes I feared the worst, a bunch of silly girls and ridiculous men were prancing around at a ball and I thought I should just go and top myself there and then. In fairness though it wasn't long before I started to get into it.
The best thing about this film is undoubtedly Keira Knightley, and I mean that due to her acting skills rather than my perversions. To my knowledge this is the first film where she is the lead and she handles it with aplomb. Knightley fits the Elizabeth Bennett role like a glove, she is the quintessential English rose, warm and engaing, witty and feisty but most of all extremely likeable. If Knightley had fluffed her part then the whole film would have been a waste, thankfully, this is the best I've ever seen her and this role should confirm her status as a Hollywood big shot.
While the Elizabeth character is ridiculously likeable, her foil, Macfayden's Darcy is suitably dislikeable. The words that spring to mind are miserable, stick in the mud, rude and basically about as dull as a dishcloth. It's a good job old Darcy is seriously wadded or we could have seen him popping in the 40 Year Old Virgin rather than Pride and Prejudice. Despite me finding this character completely unlikeable, this portrayl is accurate to how the character should be and this review is therefore not a pop at the actor who plays him.
The supporting acts are pretty good too. Mr Bennet played by Donald Sutherland is so good that we can forgive him that Candadian accent which creeps in now and again. Dame Dench is a total wench and you will find yourself hating the old witch in her role as Lady Katherine. The Bennet sisters are as silly as you would expect and Mrs Bennett is also excellent.
Overall, it's an alright film, some of the scenery is beautiful and the plot skips along nicely thanks to Knightely's lively heroine. If you get dragged to see this with your other half then it's not as bad as you will probably expect. Make no mistake though, I'd still rather have seen Revolver.