Friday, April 25, 2014
Sense and Sensibility by Ang Lee, 1995 (PG)
Jane Austen's classic tale of 19th-century etiquette and ethics chronicles the troubles and triumphs of the marriage-minded Dashwood sisters -- sensible oldest sibling Elinor (Emma Thompson) and her romantic younger sister, Marianne (Kate Winslet). While Marianne deftly charms two suitors (Alan Rickman and Greg Wise), Elinor must weather a circuitous courtship with an aspiring clergyman (Hugh Grant) of considerable reserve.
I love Elinor, and for years, she was my summum of proper behavior. To masochism... But so classy anyway it didn't matter, she was suffering properly, following the rules of her upbringing, and not creating drama where there could be if only she were to say what she felt. And Marianne as her opposite was not to be judged but nevertheless quite the irritating counterpart. But she becomes secondary, somehow, because her behavior in a way was more common. Anyway, Emma Thompson is perfect for Elinor, her sensibility is right on, and whether you believe the story is cheesy or not, she has to affect you somehow. The rest of the cast is perfectly directed by Ang Lee, to me the expert in romantic drama.
PS: Emma Thompson won for Best Writing - Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 1996 Oscars.
with Emma Thompson (Beautiful Creatures, Brave, Men in Black 3, An Education, Love Actually), Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Mildred Pierce, Contagion), Alan Rickman (Lee Daniels' The Butler, Galaxy Quest, Love Actually, Alice In Wonderland, Snow Cake, Harry Potter), Hugh Grant (Love Actually, Did You Hear About The Morgans?, Two Weeks Notice, Cloud Atlas), James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson (The Debt, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Michael Clayton, Duplicity, The Ghost Writer, The Conspirator, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Harriet Walter, Gemma Jones, Emilie François, Elizabeth Spriggs, Robert Hardy, Ian Brimble, Greg Wise, Imelda Staunton (The Girl, Another Year, Harry Potter), Imogen Stubbs, Hugh Laurie
From the director of Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Life of Pi