Pride & Prejudice: Movie Review

Pride and Prejudice is a classic novel written by Jane Austen in 1813. The movie based on this book, Pride & Prejudice, was released in 2005 starring Keira Knightly, one of the brightest stars of this time, as Elizabeth Bennett and Matthew Macfadyen, a dashing English actor, as Mr. Darcy.

Movies can have a huge impact on our mind. This particular movie shows us the difference that existed between men and women in society in the 1800s  and how some women had the courage to battle any and all kinds of oppression that was seen as normal by others. This difference still exists today and women are still fighting oppression. Now, let’s get to the storyline of this amazing movie. 

The movie starts with a scene of the Bennett house with five children, all daughters, of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett. Mrs. Bennett is concerned about nothing but marrying off her daughters to rich and well-connected families whereas Mr. Bennett is a sensible man who dearly cares for his daughters, especially Elizabeth, his second born. Elizabeth is headstrong, opinionated and sees the world in black and white, wrong and right. She cares more for her elder sister, Jane, than herself and sincerely wishes her happiness more than anything else. The house soon receives the news that two wealthy bachelors are in town, Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy. They attend a public ball during which Jane, the prettiest of the five offsprings, catch the eye of Mr. Bingley, making him fall in love. They dance through the night, and click instantly as both are sweet, innocent and generous. On the other hand, when Elizabeth or Lizzie (as called by her family and close friends) meets Mr. Darcy for the first time, their dislike towards one another is clearly evident. After getting off on the wrong foot, things do not get better for them. However, they find themselves in each other’s company several times which leads to Mr. Darcy’s realisation that Lizzie has all the qualities he has been looking for, she’s smart, opinionated, indifferent towards money, witty and much more. In Lizzie’s mind, the image of Mr. Darcy was already tainted and after finding out that he separated her sister and Mr. Bingley, she rejects his proposal. Mr. Darcy does everything he can and greatly helps Elizabeth’s family by saving their honour and bringing Jane and Mr. Bingley together. Elizabeth realises that she perceived him wrongly and love blooms as nothing could’ve won her heart faster than putting a smile to her family members’ faces. A great ending to the movie follows, Mr. Darcy and Lizzie confess their love for each other while the sun shines on them. Mr. Darcy’s lines as he expresses his love won my heart. “You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. And wish from this day forth never to be parted from you.” Afterwards, they get Mr. Bennett’s approval for their marriage which is a truly heartwarming scene. In the end, Mr. Darcy overcomes his pride and Elizabeth Bennett learns to not be prejudiced.

You will surely not regret spending 2 hours of your life watching this must-watch movie. It will definitely end up becoming one of your favourites. Let’s add this movie to our list and watch it this weekend.

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