Pride & Prej­u­dice

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE -

Satur­day, gem, 7pm, G (2005)

Only the se­cond time Jane Austen’s en­dear­ing novel has made it onto the big screen, this adap­ta­tion stars Keira Knight­ley (pic­tured) as the head­strong Eliz­a­beth and Matthew Mac­fadyen (TV’s Spooks) as the dash­ing but snob­bish Mr Darcy. Purist fans of Colin Firth’s fa­mous stint as Darcy in the BBC mini-se­ries may feel dis­ap­pointed with this cor­ner-cut­ting adap­ta­tion from Joe Wright

(Atone­ment), but there are sev­eral sav­ing graces. Knight­ley’s tomboy­ish charm sits per­fectly with the part, Eliz­a­beth’s four sis­ters are a de­light, and Brenda Blethyn steals the show as the girl’s know-itall mother. Gor­geous pho­tog­ra­phy and Dario Mar­i­anelli’s score top it off splen­didly.

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