Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant
Sense and Sensibility tells the story of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two sisters who’s father dies leaving them, their mother and younger sister in less then exceptional circumstances. Elinor attracts the attentions of one Edward Ferrars but his family disapproves of such a match and he is forced away. A kindly cousin takes in the family where Marianne forms an attachment to the flamboyant (albeit phony) John Willoughby, all the while not noticing the continued affections of one Colonel Brandon.
This is the basic plot of Sense and Sensibility, adapted from Jane Austen’s novel. It’s a quiet film that embodies the atmosphere of the 19th century English countryside. The performances are generally good, Hugh Grant especially who plays the shy Edward with restraint; Emma Thompson as well who positively brims with suppressed emotion as Elinor. The script, I felt, left a lot to be desired as many of the characters were rather transparent but this may just be the nature of the material. The final scene seems a bit too easy, there is not a lot of proper lead up in the film but, again, this is probably the nature of the material. Overall it is a quiet yet romantic film, lovely but ultimately forgettable.