The not so well to do Bennets of Georgian England have five daughters, including strong-willed Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and eldest sister Jane (Rosamund Pike), whose mother (Brenda Blethyn) has one purpose left in her life: finding a husband for them. Preferably with a good inheritance. When the rich Mr Bingley (Simon Woods) arrives in the county for the summer with his sister (Kelly Reilly) and even richer friend Mr Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), the Bennet household is thrown into delicious disarray. Who will snare which man and why is Mr Darcy so aloof... Class, misunderstandings and jealousy seem to stand in the way of true love, much to the confusion of world weary Mr Bennet (Donald Sutherland), and much to the consternation of his wife.

A gorgeous, witty adaptation.

British producers Working Title, have borrowed from the classics for their hugely successful romantic comedies like the Bridget Jones movies. Now they go right to the source with an adaptation of Jane Austen's, Pride and Prejudice.

The sets and scenery are gorgeous

The Bennetts – Donald Sutherland and Brenda Blethyn – have five eligible daughters and no money. Mrs. Bennett is overjoyed when Charles Bingley, Simon Woods, makes a bee line for eldest daughter Jane, played by Rosamund Pike. But his best friend Will Darcy, Matthew MacFadyen, is suspicious of the Bennetts' motives, even though he's attracted to the independently minded Elizabeth – Kiera Knightley. Darcy and Bingley's high society families get in the way of true love, including Caroline Bingley played by Kelly Reilly.

Having never seen the many TV versions of Pride and Prejudice, I was pleasantly surprised by how well this adaptation has captured the wit and character of Austen's writing. The sets and scenery are gorgeous to look at, but director Joe Wright has gone for more realism in the costuming and dialogue. Rather than framing everything like an oil painting, the camera closes in on the human drama. Kiera Knightley's faultless performance works well against MacFadyen's subtle, smouldering masculinity. The film doesn't quite deliver the shrewd social observations of the novel, but if you think of it as an entertaining gothic romance, you won't be disappointed