In Retrospect: 10 Years of Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice and 10 reasons why I still love watching it more and more!
Today (September 16th), Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice (2005) film's (starring Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen) 10th year anniversary.
I thought I would post or rather combined and edited a re-post (from two of my old posts:
P&P 200: Why you should watch Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice film adaptation...
(#10) and In Retrospect: 9 Years of Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice and 9 reasons why I still love watching it more and more!) about the 10 reasons why this film adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice novel remains my all-time favorite movie to watch (over and over) for exactly a decade now and I still love watching it more and more. It's one of those few, rare movies that just never gets old in my viewing no matter how many times I've seen it over the years. I just never seem to get tired of watching it. I've seen so many movies and love movies in various genres. If you've been following and reading this blog for years, you'd know that when I post my film reviews related to P&P (2005) actors here, I link the full reviews in my other Movies' Blog (which I mostly post my Movie Reviews of various films I've seen in theaters or on TV and Netflix).
Obviously, this 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice is my all-time and top favorite of all the P&P TV and Film adaptations made since 1940. I've seen pretty much all (as I'm open-minded and love P&P in general) and have posted my reviews here: Pride and Prejudice Reviews.
Okay, lets get back to celebrating 10 years of JW's P&P movie and 10 reasons why I still (and will always) love watching this film version of P&P more and more (with production/bts/promo stills and screen captures from the movie to feast your eyes) below...
1. Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen as Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy
My Top 10 favorite OTP/Romantic On-Screen pairings and you'll see KK & MM's EB & Darcy are my top favorite OTP...and I have so many favorite OTPs from other TV and films that I loved and enjoyed watching, but these two always get my attention and whenever I watch this movie...I can't help but always stop whatever I'm doing whenever P&P movie is on TV or when I'm watching it on my DVD/Blu-ray player) because they always captured my attention and interest.
Also, I love, love, love their banter and facial expressions whenever they are in a scene together. They ignite that spark and they're electric together. You know they did an excellent job on portraying their EB & Darcy characters when they can show and gave you all the feels and emotions while watching them together in this movie.
See some of their memorable facial expressions below...
“When he was Darcy and she was Lizzie something happened and they were just perfect together. Keira and Matthew were just wicked together. And when they were together, they were better than when they weren’t together. They made each other better actors.” (Joe Wright)Top Film Critics Reviews of Keira & Matthew as Elizabeth & Darcy...
- "The heart of the story is the romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, and Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen are riveting together." (Layla Voll, ComingSoon.net)
- "Knightley and Macfadyen have chemistry." (Claudia Puig, USA Today)
- "Elizabeth is 20 in the movie, Darcy 28, and they (Knightley & Macfadyen) look and act it. These lovers are practically kids. They seem to be experiencing their ardor for the first time." (Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor)
- "Darcy (Macfadyen) and Lizzie's (Knightley) war of misunderstanding, which keeps dousing their budding affection, is never predictable or coy." (Owen Glieberman, Entertainment Weekly)
- "Knightley and Macfadyen do such a good job playing these characters." (Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews)
- "Performance wise, Keira Knightly makes for a credible 18th-century heroine, as does Matthew Macfadyen as the brooding, Heathcliff-like Mr. Darcy (it's not surprisingly to learn that Macfadyen has appeared in a production of "Wuthering Heights" (but not as the central character, Heathcliff)." (Mel Valentin, eFilmCritic.com)
- "Macfayden’s hulking moodiness is a fitting counterpart to Knightley’s Lizzie."
"Twenty-year-old Elizabeth Bennet (here played by Keira Knightley), whose intelligence is her greatest gift and whose cleverness is her greatest burden, and Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), a young man of privilege and breeding who unconsciously hides his sensitive, fine-grained character behind a scrim of snobbery. The casting here is more perfect than in any “Pride & Prejudice” adaptation I’ve seen (I confess I’m not a fan of the popular 1995 British miniseries, which I found so slow, proper and reverent that it seemed a direct inversion of the spirit of the book)." (Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com)
- "In a later scene (Knightley and Macfadyen as Lizzie and Darcy dance together everyone else somehow vanishes (in their eyes, certainly), and they are left alone within the love they feel. But a lot must happen before the happy ending, and I particularly admired a scene in the rain where Darcy and Lizzie have an angry argument. This argument serves two purposes: It clears up misunderstandings, and it allows both characters to see each other as the true and brave people they really are. It is not enough for them to love each other; they must also love the goodness in each other, and that is where the story's true emotion lies. When Lizzie and Darcy finally accept each other in "Pride & Prejudice," I felt an almost unreasonable happiness. Why was that? I am impervious to romance in most films, seeing it as a manifestation of box office requirements. Here is it different, because Darcy and Elizabeth are good and decent people who would rather do the right thing than convenience themselves. Anyone who will sacrifice their own happiness for higher considerations deserves to be happy. When they realize that about each other their hearts leap, and, reader, so did mine. (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
2. Bennet Family/Bennet Sisters
3. P&P (2005) ensemble cast
P&P 2005 cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Carey Mulligan, Talulah Riley, Rupert Friend, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Judi Dench, Tom Hollander, Simon Woods, Kelly Reilly, Tamzin Merchant, and Claudie Blakley
[The cast of Pride & Prejudice at the
P&P London Premiere, September 5, 2005]
P&P London Premiere, September 5, 2005]
"Got all the actors to improvise as much as possible to give it a kind of reality and a freshness." (Joe Wright)4. P&P Movie Soundtrack - *Oscar Nominated for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score (Pride & Prejudice) - Dario Marianelli
"The next decision was to cast the actors according to their characters' ages in the book. A young cast for the story about first love. The hunt for Elizabeth became easy once Tim (Bevan) said "Go to Montreal and meet Keira. If you like her and she likes you, you have a movie." We went, we loved her, Keira said "yes," and we had a movie. The search for Darcy was a long one. We meet everyone, but there was never really any doubt that it would always be our first choice, Matthew Macfadyen. Three of our teenagers had never acted before: Carey Mulligan ("Kitty"), Talulah Riley ("Mary"), and Tamzin Merchant ("Georgiana"). Balance was required, so along with Keira, we cast Jena Malone, at nineteen a veteran of more than 20 films. Donald Sutherland, Brenda Blethyn, Judi Dench added weight and experience to our youthful cocktail." (Paul Webster, P&P producer)
Listen to sample tracks and see/read more about this beautiful P&P soundtrack here: Pride & Prejudice Movie Soundtrack
5. P&P's stunningly gorgeous scenery and locations
“The film was to be beautiful not pretty, romantic but not sentimental. We would set it in a countryside full of life, as muddy as things must have been back then”. (Paul Webster, P&P producer)Related posts:
- 16 Beautiful Things I love about the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film
- Photos: P&P Filming Locations (updated)
- Photos: Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall as Pride & Prejudice's Pemberley and Inn at Lambton (P&P/Derbyshire filming locations)
- My First European Trip (part 2)
- My first European trip (September 2010)
"Shooting through the summer of 2004 was a delight. We made the film all across England in half a dozen counties using seven different stately homes." (Paul Webster, Pride & Prejudice producer)The fact that the East Midlands region of England was used extensively for location filming for Pride and Prejudice is especially fitting given that Jane Austen drew on the Derbyshire landscape for some of her most descriptive passages in the novel. Austen's descriptions of the county refer to there being "no finer county in England than Derbyshire", and feature "all the celebrated beauties of Matlock, Chatsworth, Dovedale, and the Peak." (via Visit Britain)
6. P&P Movie's Memorable Dialogues/Quotable Quotes
Here are some (of the many) Memorable Quotes (from almost every character) from the P&P (2005) movie...
In her adaptation, Moggach paid extra attention to Jane Austen’s dialogue. She explains, “I’ve sort of pulled a comb through the dialogue; of course, you can’t reproduce Austen’s fiercely wonderful dialogue in its entirety. But we’ve kept quite a lot of it, because it’s like cooking with the very, very best ingredients. People love the book so much that they know it word for word. It was tempting sometimes to veer scenes towards a line that is so loved, one which you know that if people miss it they will be very upset.”“I tried to be truthful to the book, which has a perfect three-act structure, so I haven’t changed a lot. It is so beautifully shaped as a story: the ultimate romance about two people who think they hate each other but who are really passionately in love. I felt, `If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.’ (Deborah Moggach, Screenwriter and novelist)
First Proposal "Rain" scene
Second Proposal "Misty morning" scene
8. Memorable Scenes/Moments
All Elizabeth & Darcy scenes
Elizabeth & Darcy/Jane & Bingley at Netherfield Ball
Mr. Collins' marriage proposal to Elizabeth Bennet
Elizabeth & Darcy with Georgiana at Pemberley scene
Jane Bennet & Mr. Bingley - marriage proposal scene
Lizzie and her Papa Bennet at the library scene
And many more (too many to list and cover here)...!
Costume Designs - *Oscar Nominated for Best Achievement in Costume Design (Pride & Prejudice) - Jacqueline Durran
Related post: Pride & Prejudice Costumes designed by Jacqueline Durran
“If you see closely Darcy costumes in the course of the film change quite radically. In the early scenes he´s wearing a very buttoned up, very rigid, very stiff style of costume. In the middle stage, he´s wearing the same style but in a softer fabric and a softer cut and, by the end of the film, he´s wearing a much looser cut, an open jacket, a more country style, less uptight, less rigid. His costumes reflect the other changes in his character”. (Jacqueline Durran, Costume designer)
“Lizzie Bennet was the tomboy, and wore earth colours because she loved the countryside. Jane was the most refined, and yet it’s still all a bit slapdash and homemade, because the Bennets have no money.
One of the main things Joe wanted was for the whole thing to have a provincial feel. Mary is the bluestocking: serious and practical. And then Lydia and Kitty are a bit Tweedledum and Tweedledee in a kind of teenage way. I tried to make it so that they’d be sort of mirror images. If one’s wearing a green dress, the other will wear a green jacket; so you always have a visual asymmetry between the two”. (Jacqueline Durann)
Symbolism - (ie. hands, candles, ribbons, etc.) - I love the interesting, little details and symbolism used in this movie."The Empire Lines were just coming in, so high society such as Caroline Bingley, would be wearing an Empire Line dress..." (Joe Wright)
“I did find myself clenching my hands quite often. I had this secret: I thought that in Darcy’s encounters with Lizzie, whenever she gets at him, really hits him with a sort of verbal body blow, he couldn’t react right then. He’d be totally infuriated. But it would tickle him so much.” (Matthew Macfadyen)
| "There's lots of Fives in this [Pride & Prejudice] film. The candles remind me of the five daughters." (Joe Wright) |
For instance, recently when I was watching this movie in my Blu-ray copy, I just noticed in the American "Mrs. Darcy" ending when Elizabeth & Darcy were conversing at Pemberley, it was Lizzie who first initiated holding Mr. Darcy's hand (I never noticed that before and I've seen that scene too many times to count!). I thought that was very interesting. I would've thought it was Darcy who held her hand first, but it seemed he was still shy around his Mrs. Darcy.
See the clip from the Mrs. Darcy ending scene below...
Also, two other things I didn't noticed in my previous viewings of this movie...
A little kid running in front of the Bennets at the Meryton Ball (I did post this before...just thought I'd include it here)...