Pride & Prejudice (2005)
February 24, 2006 at 7:00 and 10:00pm in 26-100 and
February 26, 2006 at 7:00pm in 26-100.
The classic tale of love and misunderstanding unfolds in class-conscious England near the close of the 18th century. The five Bennet sisters -- Elizabeth, or Lizzie (Keira Knightley), Jane (Rosamund Pike), Lydia (Jena Malone), Mary (Talulah Riley), and Kitty (Carey Mulligan) -- have been raised well aware of their mother's (two-time Academy Award nominee Brenda Blethyn) fixation on finding them husbands and securing set futures. The spirited and intelligent Elizabeth, however, strives to live her life with a broader perspective, as encouraged by her doting father (two-time Golden Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland).
When wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. Amongst the man's sophisticated circle of London friends and the influx of young militia officers, surely there will be no shortage of suitors for the Bennet sisters. Eldest daughter Jane, serene and beautiful, seems poised to win Mr. Bingley's heart. For her part, Lizzie meets with the handsome and -- it would seem -- snobbish Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), and the battle of the sexes is joined. [rottentomatoes.com]
"Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice is the best Jane Austen adaptation ever to hit the big screen, a thrilling piece of cinema that announces both the arrival of a filmmaker (this is Wright's first feature) and an actress (Keira Knightley)."
-- Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News. Read this review.