Director: Joe Wright
Year Released: 2005
Umpteenth adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, this one about gold digging poor chicks and their pimp mother who go looking for rich men to pretend to love - hardly the most feminist storyline of all time, but what do I know? It centers around the witty/defiant Keira Knightley character - the most developed individual in the entire picture by a long shot - who preaches about romanticism but (conveniently) keeps rich and handsome Mr. Darcy within reach. So many have remarked about Wright's 'modernist' approach - which makes me wonder out loud what those same individuals thought of Ang Lee's version of Sense and Sensibility - but it all appears to be costumes and sunsets and things falling perfectly into place, making everyone's lives complete and fulfilled (the dull preacher gets the dull sister, the young soldier gets the undisciplined daughter). But to be honest, if all life worked out the way we wanted, rich Keira and poor I would have been wed at the Bellagio a long time ago.