Hidden Gem – Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Hidden Gem – A film from the recent past you might have overlooked or didn’t know about, but you should check it out.

Known as the 2005 or Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice. The classic novel by Jane Austen is adapted in surprisingly modern ways by director Joe Wright. While this movie is often treated with a love it or loathe it attitude, I think it should be appreciated by more than just the Austen aficionados.

There have been many, many version of P&P, including the beloved BBC mini series staring Colin Firth.

Even a guinea pig version

To start with this movie is very pretty, every frame looks picture perfect, with excellent use of locations, both buildings and landscapes. The cinematography teamed with the music make P&P a treat to watch.

This version of Pride & Prejudice is an excellent and engaging adaption of a 200 years old novel because if feels modern. Yes it takes liberties in dress, formalities of the time and hairstyles but it allows the audience to know what is going on quickly, to relate.  

It gives us quick access to understand the characters, their motivations and ideals. We know the Bennet family is poor, they have no servants, their clothes are out of fashion and the occasional pig runs through the house. Not necessarily historically accurate, but we get it.

Made in 2005, can I remind you of 2005 popular culture.

Then look at Mr Darcy. P&P 2005 Mr Darcy is a full on Regency Emo. 

The film much like the book is told from Elizabeths perspective, we get everything from her view point, her prides and prejudices, rather than Darcys. Maybe your enjoyment of P&P 2005 is dependent on how much you like Keira Knightley. Knightley received an Oscar nomination for her work as independent, smart and outspoken Lizzy Bennet, deservedly so.

Lizzy B also loves wearing her pyjamas, having messy hair and the outdoors, more specifically she loves walking.

The film begins and ends on a sunrise and has no kiss between the main characters. The acting, cinematography, music and directing are all very good making the 2005 Pride & Prejudice an absolute underrated movie, a modern telling of a classic novel disguised as a costume drama.

The one thing I don’t like is Knightleys bad wig, her real hair, cut short can be seen poking out in a few scene.


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