• Publication date: December 29, 2009

Pride and Prejudice (2003) Pride and Prejudice (2003)

Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice” has undergone a slew of adaptations over ...

Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice” has undergone a slew of adaptations over the course of almost a century. Just as the classic work escapes popular culture, it is somehow sucked back in. The story is about five sisters who lived in rural England whose father desperately hoped they would marry a wealthy young man. The father’s dreams seem to be answered when a well-to-do gentleman from London named Mr. Bingley moves in next-door bringing along his friend, Mr. Darcy. With the encouragement of Jane’s mother, she becomes very fond of Mr. Bingley. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to her, Mr. Darcy becomes interested in Jane’s younger sister, Elizabeth. Elizabeth despises Darcy however after she overhears him describe her as "not handsome enough;” rumors she hears regarding his bad character and immorality add fuel to her hatred. When Mr. Bingley abruptly cuts relations with Jane, Elizabeth is infuriated and deduces (in error) that Mr. Darcy was responsible. Eventually, we learn that Bingley is infatuated with Jane and that Darcy is crazy about Elizabeth, even if her initial reaction is one of strong disinterest. Director Andrew Black’s film adaptation is similar, however, Elizabeth’s sisters are transformed into college roommates. Austen’s Elizabeth was a young girl desperately seeking a husband to support her, while 2003’s rendition works at a bookstore, aspiring to become a novelist with dreams of marriage sprinkled on the side. Darcy remains British, snobbish, and an associate of Mr. Bingley, now named Jack Wickham. Bookworms and Austen fans will enjoy a new spin on a familiar classic, while newcomers to the work can acquaint themselves with a timeless novel that continues to reinvent itself, even two centuries after its birth. Black’s “Pride and Prejudice” is not the first in a line of spin offs, and it will doubtfully be the last. Critics have reacted generally positively to the Utah-based creation and the film is cinematically impressive for an independent film with a modest $350,000 budget. This movie is rated PG.