Easy to underestimate as one of "those" period dramas but that would do a disservice to the exceptional balance achieved by Thompson's script and Lee's direction. It's so hard to capture both the comedy and seriousness in Austen's work, let alone make it sufficiently modern without undermining its sense of period authenticity, yet this is precisely what S&S achieves: a delightful, intelligent and very moving romance.
a great mix of incomprehensible period manner, laws and behaviours + modern ones that let the audience see these are not aliens, but people just like us. They have the same deep fears and emotions (being loved, being alone, the mysteries of life, money, success) but in an unfamiliar context. The gawky or unconventional young women and girls shine with beauty. The minor characters are utterly memorable. Wonderful.
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.
The script and direction are very good, while feeling quite effortless, and the performances include great turns from Emma Thompson (who won an Oscar for her adaptation of the source material), Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Greg Wise, and many others. A real delight for fans of the Jane Austen tale, and fans of great stories that are expertly told.
1. Ang Lee is obsessed with loves that dare not speak their names 2. FUCK WILLOUGHBY! 3. Lots of pretty English countryside porn and some effective costume work; still, this is effectively made-for-tv quality filmmaking. An extra star because this is Rickman at his best. This is Rickman inspiring Rowling to write Snape before he gets to play him.
Thompson and Lee come together to create a quiet 90s masterpiece. All the actors are quite perfect for their roles, with Rickman, Thompson, and Winslet standing out. One of Lee's earliest English films, he handles the film with a masterful hand. Really a joy to watch. 4.5 stars
Jane Austen schrieb Sense and Sensibility 1795, veröffentlichte den Roman aber erst 16 Jahre später als sie sich traute, sich selbst als Schriftstellerin zu bezeichnen. Es ist die Geschichte einer Mutter mit drei Töchtern, die voller Leidenschaft auf den passenden Mann warten... mehr auf cinegeek.de http://cinegeek.de/sinn-und-sinnlichkeit-sense-and-sensibility-1995-rating-77-dvd698
i missed the first twenty minutes and typically that's the sort of thing that would irritate me so much that i wouldn't be able to watch it at all but i figured that, having heard the news that morning, i ought to make an exception. anyway i'm elinor drinking tea on the stairs