By Owen Gleiberman
Updated November 18, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

A pleasure. The director, Joe Wright, makes the past feel as swirling and alive as the present. As Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) find their way toward each other, Knightley makes Lizzie a confused, ardent girl charting her destiny without a map.