As far I'm concern, this movie is an adaption of JaneAusten's novel with the same name. The novel itself have been around for hundreds of year, but the concept of the movie is still recognizable. Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman and it involves money. There. I said it. I may be too cynical or maybe I speak the truth, that supposedly people do get married because of love, usually it is not a pure reason. There's always something that mentions about the whole ordeal of money and institution. But what do I know? Yet, this movie really brushes up the whole social status, money, institution, pride and prejudices.
Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) is raised in a big family contains mostly females, such as her embarrasing-chatty-thick-oblivious mother and cheeky sisters, and then her solemn father. Their family is considered to be in middle wealth during that time, and her mother is desperately trying to find her daughters rich husbands. Elizabeth meets an uptight filthy stinkin' rich man named Mr.Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen) in a party, and both of them reasons that neither one of them are suitable. Elizabeth is too proud to admit that she actually likes Mr.Darcy, whilst Mr.Darcy is prejudice to her money grubbing family.
The idea of marriage seems very important in this movie, whether you want to marry because of money, status or even love -- and it is taken into account so many times with so many concept of marriage in this film. Social classes and status also hold the main things and play major roles in this film. I actually laugh the idea that no matter what they say that love conquers everything and the moral message of this story, you should be able to choose whoever you want to marry. That's a load of crap. This movie is nothing but a bunch materialistic messages of morale that in the end, wealth is the main reason. Well, nothing's wrong with that. But apparently they sugar-coated the whole love and romantic ideal of a marriage suppose to be. I do like this movie, but after considerable amount of thinking, I thought the message is so clear; you marry for the money. The whole cinematography is amazing and vibrant, with shots following the characters and action, beautiful like oil painting.
This movie is moving, not in an obvious junctures, but in human observations. The movie is funny with lusts factor between the casts, bursting with excellence performances, despite the odd flaw here and there, there's a joy to behold. Kiera Knightley is natural in her Elizabeth part, although I deemed her too pretty. I personally love the beauty of Rosamund Pike, as one of Elizabeth's sister. She's so beautiful and so fragile, I thought I wanna adopt her or something. Unfortunately they focus too much with the romance, instead of the social subject. This movie is not for everyone, I don't recommend this with guys. My guy friends fell asleep watching this, not that I blame them. It is a chick flick, but I do recommend this for drama lover.
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