Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee, 1995) wr. Emma Thompson, dp Michael Coulter, prod. design Luciana Arrighi, costume Jenny Beavan; Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson, Harriet Walter, Gemma Jones, Emilie François, Elizabeth Spriggs, Robert Hardy, Ian Brimble, Isabelle Amyes, Alan Rickman, Geg Wise, Alexander John, Imelda Staunton, Imogen Stubbs, Hugh Laurie; from the 1811 novel by Jane Austen - her first to be published.
What gives Sense and Sensibility its tension and mystery is that the characters rarely say what they mean. There is great gossip within the women's sphere, but with men, the conversation loops back upon itself in excruciating euphemisms, leaving the women to puzzle for weeks over what was or was not said. ...
Sense and Sensibility is an enjoyable film, and yet it left me somehow unsatisfied. I liked the wit, I liked the charm of the actors, I enjoyed the way that Rickman chewed his role as if he wanted to make it last, and the tension when Grant's Edward is made to suffer - particularly since he appears to be a cad only because he has tried to do the right thing. And I appreciated the way Thompson's Elinor kept her character's face carefully expressionless as she negotiated scenes in which some knew her secrets and others did not. ...
Austen was not yet a great novelist when she wrote this story, and there is too much contrivance in the way she dispatches her men to London when she is done with them. Edward is off-screen so long that instead of growing concerned about his absence, we forget him. ...
... seems a little too idealized; we want notepaper, not picture postcards.
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Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 19 November, 2021 | Now: 19 November, 2021