At any rate, I decided it would pass the time to watch P&P and I'm glad I did. It captured for me the romance of the first time I read the novel. And I will say that a large portion of this was because of Miss Knightly herself.
How old is Lizzie? IMDB says that she's 27 but I can't think that. Her youngest sister is 15. At the general rate of a child every two years (and barring deaths--certainly not unheard of but not mentioned or alluded to in the novel), we'd have Kitty at 17, Mary at 19, Liz at 21 and Jane at a old and desperate 23. At the youngest (one year apart) she'd be 18. Keira captured this fragile time perfectly--her identity is in flux, despite her intelligence. Her vanity is wounded and it takes her a long time to recover.
Having Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy certainly helped. His own insecurities and fears were on display as is his desperate attraction--the scene in the rain, the first proposal is so beautiful and brilliant--well, I watched it again when it repeated. And I think (unlike many adaptations), while their desire makes them "almost" kiss, there is never a breaking of the propriety of the time. Many IMDBers don't like the almost kiss, but I do--attraction can overwhelm even intellectual dislike.
Also helpful was the supporting cast. All too often Mr. & Mrs. Bennett are regulated to minor characters--with barely any development. Having such luminaries as Donald Sutherland and Brenda Blethyn really gave the film a complete shape. Oh, Donald is wonderful! Both in the Your mother will never speak to you if you do not marry Mr. Collins and I will never speak to you if you do, and in the end--when he cried to give away his daughter. I finally understood how Lizzie and Jane managed to rise above their sisters and I managed to have a little sympathy for Mrs. Bennett as well.
On the trivia side, Mr. Collins (Tom Hollander) was in Pirates 2 and The Libertine. Jane (Rosamund Pike) was also in The Libertine.
I also realized that I didn't own a copy of P&P. I have Emma and Mansfield Park, not my favorites, but not P&P or S&S. That had to be rectified.