I watched this movie with my best friend, who is also my official P&P co-fan, and we both loved it. I don’t think there needs to be a constant comparison between this version and the 1995 BBC adaptation. They are obviously both very different, and I don’t think one is better than the other, they both have their qualities and problems.
I love this version. First of all, I am in complete and total awe before the soundtrack. I bought the CD the day after watching the movie, two weeks ago, and I listened to it a whooping 50 times since. It really serves the story and the “Postcard to Henry Purcell” piece gets me everytime, especially when I think of the dance at Netherfield.
Keira Knightley : I am not objective. I adore her. She is the prettiest actress alive and has such liveliness that it makes Elizabeth shine just like she has to. I was a bit sceptic before putting the DVD in the player about a non-Colin Firth-Mr. Darcy, but Matthew Macfadyan convinced me – a Mr. Darcy essentially need the ability to look at Lizzie in a moving way, and that he did. They had a great chemistry together.
The DVD itself lacks a bit in extras, but the menus are pretty and the video quality is quite good. I watched it twice already and plan to see it many, many more. The sole problem with that movie is that my boyfriend believes it is quite too feminine for him! Please, help me convince him ;)