Lizzie Bennett is the second of five siblings, whose mother is eager to get them all married before she and her husband pass away. The story begins when a man purchased the house in Netherfield, with stories about him being quite wealthy, prompting Mrs. Bennett to introduce her daughter to him. That man is Mr. Bingley - he gets enamored with Jane and falls in the good graces of the family. Needless to say, his friend Mr. Darcy was not as fortunate as he was, immediately striking an attitude but has taken an interest to Lizzie, as it is only she who seem to rebuff his opinions and thoughts. As the story goes, we get to watch them develop their feelings for each other, particularly when circumstances arise, such as the incidents with Mr. Wickham and Mr. Darcy’s role in Jane’s heartbreak.
So far Keira Knightley has been my favorite Elizabeth Bennett. She played the role quite well and convincingly. It’s one of Knightley’s lighter roles, but she was determined to show the independence of her character. Despite the pride her character possessed, she had an air of humility to her character, her responses while proud, come off as humble. Her attitude and portrayal matched that of Macfadyen’s portrayal of Mr. Darcy. He was able to bring a distinct air to his character, and if the viewer did not know the story, it would have been a surprised that Darcy was in love with Elizabeth - Macfadyen certainly knew how to make his character’s affections quite subtle. He and Knightley had chemistry, and it can’t be helped but cheer for them to finally get together. Both actors shared great scenes together that really showed their characters’ chemistry.
The way it was filmed really added to the tone of the film. The scenery was beautiful, the houses were grand, and some scenes really hit the spot - whether it was the writing, the acting, the framing. If not for the great cinematography would the style of the film not emerge fully. Joe Wright did terrific work bringing it all together. This is a wonderful adaptation and a must-watch for fans of the novel and of the actors.
Final Word: It was quite romantic, and both Knightley and Macfadyen performed very well.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn
Director: Joe Wright