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Pride and Prejudice: A Movie Review

Kalaia Jackson, Opinions Editor

Photo// Along the Brandywine

This past weekend, I was in the mood to watch some period pieces.

Ever since I watched Bridgerton, this has become my favorite genre of entertainment. Pride and Prejudice has been on my list for a while, and I even tried reading the book, but was bored due to the slow-burn relationship Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet had. Beware, there will be slight spoilers!

I watched the 2005 adaptation with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, and the 127-minute film was amazing! I loved the scenery, as well as the costume for the cast. It was evident that Mr. Darcy came from a wealthy family while the Bennet family was middle-class and could dress up for different social events, but was not on the same level of wealth.

Since I never finished the book, I can not compare the two, but some scenes felt so romantic and beautifully worded that I can only assume that they were ripped word for word from the book. For example, when Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy met again after Lady Catherine De Bourgh had insulted Elizabeth’s entire being due to a misunderstanding, he said the best line I have ever heard in a movie. Mr. Darcy confessed to Elizabeth, “... you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love… I love… I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on”.

I did some research since this line was so impactful for their relationship and unfortunately, this line was not in the novel and was worded differently. I will admit that I did squeal with joy when watching this scene. After building tension throughout the film, it was the perfect way for them to reveal their feelings to each other.

Pride and Prejudice was written by Jane Austen and published in 1813. Even though the setting for the novel was over two centuries ago, the ability to romanticize this time period was great to experience.

I really did enjoy the movie, and despite it being over two hours long, every scene and piece of dialogue felt necessary for the story. I want to give the novel a second chance, due to the film’s moving adaptation, but I am hesitant. If you’ve seen the movie and/or read the book, comment below what you think!

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