Pride and Prejudice is stunning remake

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You can always expect a romantic comedy to hit the theatres around the holiday season. Director Joe Wright teamed up with the producers of Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary to create Pride and Prejudice, the latest adaptation from novelist Jane Austen’s most celebrated work. The film is scheduled to hit theatres Nov. 18-just in time for Thanksgiving-but male audiences should proceed with caution. Pride and Prejudice is strictly a “chick flick” that has little to offer to males. Elizabeth Bennett, played by the stunning Keira Knightly, is the film’s protagonist. She is the most precocious amongst her sisters Mary, Jane, Lydia and Kitty, and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett (Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland). She resides with her family in the quaint English countryside and yearns to marry a man of fortune and wealth. Elizabeth’s breath is taken away when she first meets the dashing, wealthy Mr. Darcy (Matthew McFadden) at a lavish party; she becomes infatuated with him. From then on, she fantasizes how she would like to be engaged to Mr. Darcy and live in a world of immense wealth and privilege. Elizabeth even relinquishes her cousin Mr. Collins’ (Tom Hollander) genuine affection for her because she is so immersed with the idea of her union with Mr. Darcy. However, Elizabeth soon grows to dislike Mr.. Darcy once she develops notions of how he lets money rule his world and does not care about anyone else around him. Nevertheless, Elizabeth finds this was a huge misconception and tries to make amends with him. Set during the 19th century, Pride and Prejudice explores the prominent issue of gossip, how money equals power and the distinction among social classes. Nevertheless, the film is exceptionally well done. Knightly gives a strong performance as the lead, and the film features a minor cameo from well-respected actress Judi Dench, who plays Mr. Darcy’s extremely wealthy Aunt Lady Catherine de Bourg. However, one could argue that the film becomes tedious after a while and wallows dangerously close to tedium. The film’s fine performances, gorgeous scenery and subtle humor are not enough to compensate for its slow pace.