Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sense and Sensibility (2008) movie

Sense & Sensibility (2008)
BBC TV mini-series

Director: John Alexander
Screenplay: Andrew Davies
Based on book: by Jane Austen
Rating: 5


Inspiration: Everything Austen Challenge hosted by Stephanie's Written Word


Description from imdb:
From acclaimed writer Andrew Davies (BBC’s Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth) comes this enchanting new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel about love and marriage. Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby, ignoring her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?

Trivia:
Script writer Andrew Davies modeled the character of chubby, over-indulged Harry Dashwood, son of John and Fanny, after the character Eric Cartman in the animated series "South Park" (1997). Davies wanted to portray Harry eating "cheesy-poofs" in every scene. (Fruit crisps were substituted for cheesy-poofs.)

Side note: I must admit that I sometimes indulge in Cheetos.

Wet moment(s):
1 - Mr. Willoughby carries Marianne home through the rain.

2 - Colonel Brandon carrier Marianne home through the rain.

3 - Mr. Ferrars in his wet white shirt splitting wood in a light rain. I think this scene is up there with the Mr. Darcy in the pond scene.










My thoughts:
In-a-word: Flora

Sense = Elinor
Sensibility = Marianne

I don't think I could ever be bored with the different adaptations of this tale. The costumes and location are always beautiful. It is such a treat in each movie to see the scenes of daily living during the Regency period. For instance we see carpets being beat, bread being kneaded and wood being split.

The cast was good and expanded compared to the Ang Lee's S&S movie version. We get to see little Henry, Sir John's wife and child, and Lucy Steele's older sister.

Hubby's rating: 4.5
His thoughts:
Mr. Willoughby was portrayed as a total cad. No redeeming features.

3 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVED this movie. I saw it on Masterpiece Theatre on GPB. I've also seen all the other Jane Austen movies but this was my favorite with Pride & Prejudice a very close second. (The Colin Firth version) I'm glad you liked it too.

    ~Briana :D

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  2. I really liked this rendition of S&S. Great review!

    I have an award for you here.

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  3. This is an excellent adaptation! So glad you loved it!

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