SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995)
||Emma Thompson, Kate Winslett, Hugh
Grant, Alan Rickman, Harriet Walter, Greg Wise, Imogen
The Plot: The Dashwood sisters have been left with no
money after their father passes away, leaving all his money to
his only son, their stepbrother. Before the Dashwoods are forced
to leave their home as their stepbrother moves in, Elinor Dashwood
(Emma Thompson) falls for the brother of her step-sister-in-law,
Edward Farrars (Hugh Grant). Once in the countryside, Elinor is
left to wonder what happened to Edward as her impulsive sister,
Marianne (Kate Winslett), falls for the dashing Willoughby.
Comment: Emma Thompson has done a wonderful job of converting
the Jane Austen story to the big screen. Sense and Sensibility
is a marvelous story of warmth, tragedy and the joy of life. The
beautiful British countryside contrasts beautifully with the stiff,
formal manners of upper society in Britain in the 19th Century.
Emma Thompson and Kate Winslett both give enervating performances
as the Dashwood sisters fallen upon hard times. It is hard not
to empathize with Elinor as she first wonders why Edward never
visited here, and then has to deal in absolute secrecy the betrayal
of her love. Similarly, is is hard not to get caught up in Marianne's
exuberant love of life and Willoughby. Alan Rickman is touching
as the terribly stiff and formal Colonel Brandon. The scene where
he is reading to Marianne as she convalesces is particularly poignant,
reminding us of how television has forever changed the way in
which relationships are conducted in modern times. Hugh Grant
is a bit painful as does his usual stuttering and stammering throughout.
Fortunately, this is a film about the Dashwood women as we don't
have to endure too much of Hugh Grant...
Sense and Sensibility is an enchanting film sure to appeal and
delight many women. Although it is definitely a 'chick flick,'
it is so well produced that anyone should be able to enjoy this
tale of misfortune and triumph of the human spirit.
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ALAN RICKMAN as COLONEL BRANDON