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December 30th, 2005

Pride & Prejudice...

I went to see Pride & Prejudice at the Galaxy.

Synopsis: Pride and Prejudice is a humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife. They have 5 daughters: the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately for the Bennets, if Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met, so the family's future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters making good marriages.

Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighborhood of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr. Bingley brings with him his two sisters and the dashing (and richer) but proud Mr. Darcy. Love is soon in the air for one of the Bennet sisters, while another may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness, including class, gossip and scandal.

I absolutely loved this movie. Though I've never read the book, with its plot, it's no surprise at all that this is heralded as a great classic. Conflict is what makes good fiction, and this plot is full of it.

Matthew MacFayden took my breath away in several scenes. Mr. Darcy indeed.

Near the end, a lady behind me sobbed openly -- from happiness no less.

The audience was a classic Lifetime audience: entertainment for women and gay men. Actually, I did see one other man in there, who, undoubtedly had been dragged in there by his date.



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