Book to Movie Review

Book to Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Director: Joe Wright

Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster

Screenplay: Deborah Moggach

Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew McFayden, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike

Rating: 4/5

Welcome to my first book to movie review on this blog! I’ve actually done several before back on my Tumblr that I moved to here so feel free to check them out if you would like.

So, about a week ago, I read Shades of Milk and Honey which is basically Pride and Prejudice but with magic and everytime I read a Jane Austen adaptation, it gives me the urge to rewatch something Pride and Prejudice related. This is actually my second time watching this movie and I actually feel like I liked it more this time around for some reason.

As a movie

Gosh, there is so much to like in this movie. For one, the feel and atmosphere of the movie. The cinematography is so stunning. I especially loved the shot when Elizabeth is on the tire swing and she starts swinging around and the camera is as if you were on the swing and seeing what she’s seeing. I love all the side shots giving you a glimpse of the interiors of all the buildings and you really get to see what Lizzie is seeing when she first enters the room. The warm color palette gives the movie such a vibrant but homely feel along with the soothing piano score.

^She plays the same piano music that is prevalent at the beginning of the movie and according to the director commentary, it signifies that coming to your lover should feel like coming home and that kind of makes my heart swoon even more.

In terms of the acting, I love Keira Knightley as Lizzie Bennet. I feel like she was born for these types of historical roles. It’s funny though because apparently the director almost didn’t choose her because she was too pretty…And of course, Matthew McFayden as Mr. Darcy is just absolute perfection. I didn’t even realize he was my Mr. Darcy until I saw him as Darcy. I just feel like he embodies everything Darcy is. He’s socially awkward in a time and place when being socially awkward is kind of a death wish and he does arrogance and stoicism very well so that the only instance he laughs, you kind of feel your heart swoon. I think both Keira and Matthew have amazing chemistry together as well and their banter plays off each other so naturally.

The other actors are also great especially the Bennet family and that really helped sell the chemistry of the Bennett family to me. And of course, the relationships between the sisters was portrayed well too.

I love how the movie was true to the mannerisms of the time period but also kept it contemporary for modern audiences and I don’t find myself wondering what so-and-so said which I really liked.

As a book to movie:

I do admit this movie is kind of a representation of what mainstream media thinks P&P is. A love story. I do feel sometimes the movie forsakes the other things that Jane Austen is important for like the social commentary and the witty irony. You can take it as a good or bad thing because on the one hand the relationship between Lizzie and Darcy was so wonderfully developed but then the other aspects of the plot were lacking. But I think that the movie kept just enough of plot elements and essence of the novel that had me satisfied. And what’s important to me is that the character’s essences were captured which it was (although I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice for at least 3 years now).

I’m planning on doing a review of more of the Pride and Prejudice adaptations including the 1995 bbc miniseries and the youtube webseries The Lizzie Bennet diaries so tuned for those!

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8 thoughts on “Book to Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

  1. I love love love this movie! One of my favorites books by far. I also stumbled across The Lizzie Bennet Diaries last summer and personally I think that it’s a good modern adaptation of a classic. Can’t wait to read your thoughts on it!

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    1. This movie makes me so happy! And I thought the Lizzie Bennet diaries was a really smart adaptation! I liked the interpretation of some of the events in the book and how they translated to a modern day setting.

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  2. Omg, I absolutely adore P&P (the book, this movie, and the 1995 BBC mini series). I haven’t seen The Lizzie Bennet diaries yet but I’ve been meaning to someday. And I absolutely agree with everything you mentioned in this review. In this one, I love the scenery and cinematography as well. Pemberley just looks so magnificent as it ought to be. And don’t get me started on the soundtrack. Of course, Dawn is my favorite track but The Living Sculptures of Pemberley is simply so beautiful as well.

    And I can’t wait to read your thoughts on the Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth adaptation! 😀

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    1. You must watch the Lizzie Bennet diaries! It’s really easy to marathon too since most of the episodes are only about 6 minutes long. I think Dawn will always be my favorite. It’s just so soothing and calming *_* I wish I could play the piano like that. And I can’t wait to watch the 1995 version! I’m just a little reluctant because Keira and Matthew are my perfect Lizzie and Darcy haha

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      1. Oh! I didn’t know that! I’ll probably watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries next weekend when I’m more free then. And the first P&P film I watched was actually the 2005 one, so I totally understand why you ship that couple. Plus, I love Keira like a lot. I’ve seen most of her movies, haha.

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