This film was one of the better ones, due in no small part to the cast. Dame Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland had small but significant roles that they did wonders with, as Lady Catherine and Mr. Bennet respectively, and Keira Knightley played Miss Elizabeth Bennet. I usually don't think of her as being much more than decorative usually, but here she showed that she actually does possess some acting talent.
I had a pleasant surprise with Matthew MacFadyen, a relatively unknown British actor who played Mr. Darcy. The role is quite challenging, since Darcy is often portrayed as quite arrogant and more than a bit cold, but Matthew MacFadyen was able to bring out the shy, socially inept and misunderstood man that Darcy really is -- and to do so in a very sexually powerful way. I could easily see why Miss Elizabeth would fall for him, since MacFadyen's Darcy is utterly adorable once you realize he's shy and not terribly good at communicating with others, particularly women. He also provided some utterly romantic and terribly sexy scenes at the end of the film, particularly the last one, which was incredibly intimate without being explicitly sexual, yet left me feeling like a puddle of goo afterwards.