I am in love with Keira Knightley ever since I saw her performance as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice directed by Joe Wright. This new version of the Pride & Prejudice film was released in 2005 as a British romance film based on Jane Austen‘s 1813 novel of the same name. The film shows us how the Bennet sisters face the sensitive issues of romance and marriage. Though belonged to the landed gentry, Bennets’ property is not much and it is entailed to a very distant relative of the Bennets as Mrs. Bennet gave birth only to five daughters, not to a single son. Matthew Macfadyen plays the ever serious and proud Mr. Darcy.
This film is little entertaining than its 1995 BBC version which was very serious and difficult to watch due to its rigid closeness to the book and its archaic dialogs. 2005 version aimed more youth crowds than the earlier version and it was a success. Keira Knightley’s performance is outstanding and the way she expresses her feelings from her eyes is remarkable. I wish some other actor was selected for Darcy’s character though. Rupert Friend does justice to George Wikham’s character.
The best thing the director has done for the movie was getting rid of the clothes deigns of the contemporary era. The director says somewhere, “Women in that era looked like wedding cakes in their clothes. So, I changed that.” I think what he says is right.
I use this film to teach my adults English classes along with the M. D. Gunasena version of the Pride & Prejudice simplified by Mr. Premasiri Mahingoda. My adults students love to watch this movie with the explanations from the book.