Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pride and Prejudice: Beautiful and Brilliant

Pride and Prejudice (2005) is one of the most wonderful novels I have ever read. My first classical novel also. Since this is the movie which is after that novel, I watched the movie with huge prejudice that it would be too good. And the movie didn't fail my expectations, in most of the ways. If you have read the novel, you could enjoy more when watching the movie. But I am not sure, how much anyone would like if they had not read the novel.

Well the name tells the story. It is the relationship between a proud man and prejudiced woman. Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) is a beautiful woman who gets prejudiced that Mr. Darcy is a very proud man. Though Mr. Darcy is not a proud man, initial circumstances lead Elizabeth to a strong prejudice that Mr. Darcy is arrogent, selfish, proud man.

But, Mr. Darcy, fighting against his better judgment, falls in love with Elizabeth, who considers that, Mr. Darcy is the last person in the entire world she would ever marry. Even though having such a strong prejudice, Elizabeth is made to believe that Mr. Darcy is not a proud, selfish or arrogant man by direct and indirect means. How Elizabeth could come out of such a strong prejudice and how they get along well is the rest of the story\movie.

I couldn't say much on this movie as the novel is quite complex with so many characters. Of course, the movie could not cover all the beautiful scenes of the novel, but IMO it is a very good adaptation of the novel. Keira Knightley is so beautiful, cute, pretty, etc. that she is the prefect fit for the character. She was also nominated for Oscar for this movie.

Most beautiful scenes of the novel are, Mr. Darcy's dance with Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy's first proposal (too good), Elizabeth happened to meet Mr. Darcy at his own house even after rejecting him, Elizabeth and Darcy's small stroll after they both understand each other, Darcy's explanation of the two offenses Elizabeth puts forward, Darcy's explanation of how he started to like Elizabeth.

I would strongly recommend anyone to read the original novel and also to watch the movie. A pure classical romantic novell and a pure classical romantic movie. Click here to see my favourite dialogue of this movie and here to watch the trailer. Your comments about the book and the movie are most welcome.

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