Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice
Review (4.5/10)
(By Liam Cullin)

Pride and Prejudice has a couple of things going for it. It's based on a timeless classic by Jane Austen and it stars the uber-hot Keira Knightley. Unfortunately, that's all the movie has going for it. Otherwise, it was terribly long and even more terribly boring. I'm willing to give just about any movie a chance, and going into this one I was hoping it would be good, but in the end I was fighting the urge to just sit back and go to sleep. Basically, I was begging for the movie to be over.

Pride and Prejudice is the story of a family in England and their trials and tribulations as they marry off their various daughters and reap the financial rewards for doing so. But, the daughters have their own problems. There's Jane (Rosamund Pike) who finds love but is too shy to let her real feelings be known. So, things don't really work out for her. Then there's Lydia (Jena Malone) who's whimsical ways will end her up with just about anybody who'll have her no matter how scandalous. There's also Elizabeth (Knightley) who pretty much has everything. She's beautiful and smart. Unfortunately, she's too smart for her own good. And the rest of the movie is pretty much about a battle of wills between Elizabeth and the hoity-toity Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen). I'll give you one guess to figure out how it ends...

Where do I begin with this movie? Maybe if I knew anything about the history of the book, I'd be able to appreciate it a little bit more. Maybe if the movie had been released during the Jane Austen renaissance a few years back, the story would've seemed a little more relevant. Maybe if I had seen the much-talked-about (thanks to Bridget Jones) 1995 TV mini-series with Colin Firth, I'd be able to understand the subtle nuances of the story. That's a lot of maybes. Instead, the movie just bored the hell out of me. There was the odd chuckle, but I wouldn't call the movie funny. There was the odd tear (at least from some of the people around me) but I wouldn't call the movie very sad or even all that romantic.

As for the acting, there was nothing really wrong. Keira Knightley was fine. Matthew MacFadyen was okay. I particularly enjoyed the Donald Sutherland's performance. But in the end, I found that I just didn't care about the characters. And in a movie that relies on the characters to deliver any emotional punch, that hurts.

Granted, when the movie ended, the woman in front of me remarked that the movie was "the most romantic thing she had ever seen". I guess it's entirely possible that the whole production was just a little too sophisticated for me, so you might want to take what I've said here with a grain of salt. If you're the bookish type who can appreciate literature-on-film, this may be right up your alley. But, if you're trying to impress your girlfriend with a romantic movie, hoping it will get her in the mood for a little lovin', you might want to bring a comfortable pillow. Either that or drink a lot of coffee beforehand just to be safe.

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