The story begins when Mr. Dashwood lies dying with his only son, John, at his bedside. He explains that given legal constraints he must leave his entire estate to his son, and thereby leave his second wife and their three daughters penniless and without dowries…
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A total masterpiece. I am kicking myself for waiting this long to finally watch it. It looks spectacular and Ang Lee's direction is a thing of beauty. The more I see from him, the more impressed I am. As of right now, this has dethroned Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as my favorite of his work. Also, major props to Emma Thompson for penning the script, which flows very well.
Probably one of the best Austen adaptations ever made, largely due to Emma Thompson's perfect script, backed up by an excellent cast and direction. Almost better than the book and that's saying something.
Ang Lee is a master storyteller. The filmmaker takes what could have been yet another 18th century English costume drama and makes it feel incredibly alive. Rather than emphasizing the fashion or period details, he favors emotional truth and subtle but smart choices behind the camera. In Lee's hands, this tale of passion and repression ironically becomes a perfection companion to his follow-up "The Ice Storm."
Loved this adaption from Jane Austen's novel, just like Pride and Prejudice, but slightly better in my opinion! I love the script, the cinematography, the story, the costumes, and especially all of the charming characters. It was interesting to see the period of early 19th century centered in English country society. I would recommend this for the fans of British costume dramas movie.
Perhaps the only period drama of this period and style that I can really respect and enjoy watching because it's not trying too hard to act and emulate it. The actors play their characters and not their historical fashionings. Ang Lee's approach is less obsessed with rubbing your nose in the time period and more focused on its relation to the story at hand and the people in it. Far better than Wright's "P&P".
Austen's novel is not my favorite filmic subject but I have to admit that the translation into a film is masterly. It's fantastic how Ang Lee handles his actors and how he choreographs their movements.
As with Altman and Gosford Park, it takes a foreigner to treat seriously the emotional contents of an English period piece. This is a remarkable adaptation that makes me wish Emma Thompson hadn't done a Lauryn Hill and stopped writing. It's a delight to spend time navigating the nuances of this world, living in the subtext, watching out for inflections. A lovely film.