Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sense and Sensibility (1995) movie

Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Director: Ang Lee

Based on book: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Rating: 5

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

Description from imdb:
When Mr. Dashwood dies, he must leave the bulk of his estate to the son by his first marriage, which leaves his second wife and three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) in straitened circumstances. They are taken in by a kindly cousin, but their lack of fortune affects the marriageability of both practical Elinor and romantic Marianne. When Elinor forms an attachment for the wealthy Edward Ferrars, his family disapproves and separates them. And though Mrs. Jennings tries to match the worthy (and rich) Colonel Brandon to her, Marianne finds the dashing and fiery Willoughby more to her taste. Both relationships are sorely tried. But this is a romance, and through the hardships and heartbreak, true love and a happy ending will find their way for both the sister who is all sense and the one who is all sensibility.

Tagline: Lose your heart and come to your senses.

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 27 wins & 28 nominations - details here

Wet moment
On separate occasions, both Willoughby and Colonel Brandon are drenched from the rain while carrying Marianne home.

My thoughts
In-a-word(s): I esteem him. -Elinor
Re-watch: 2nd time

I really enjoyed this version of Sense and Sensibility. Although, I haven't watched any other version... yet. Absolutely loved Emma's acting. Her emotional moments were so touching they brought tears to my eyes.

The declaration of love moment between Edward and Elinor was priceless. I think it is as classic as Colin Firth's wet moment in 1995 Pride and Prejudice. Side note: The Vicar in the 2006 TV show Vicar of Dibley pays homage to this scene by referencing it and with a sweet sputtering moment of its own. (Season 5, episode 1, The Handsome Stranger)

Hubby's rating: 3.5
His thoughts: Kate Winslet's performance was overdone.

I was tickled to see these actors who also star in the Harry Potter movie series:

Emma Thompson - Elinor Dashwood - Professor Sybil Trelawney
Alan Rickman - Colonel Brandon - Professor Severus Snape
Imelda Staunton - Charlotte Jennings Palmer - Dolores Umbridge
Gemma Jones - Mrs. Dashwood - Madame Pomfrey
Elizabeth Spriggs - Mrs. Jennings - Fat Lady (portrait)
Robert Hardy - Sir John Middleton - Cornelius Fudge
Imagination Designs
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