SENSE AND SENSIBILITY 1995

A PLEASANCE REVIEW OF THE MOVIE SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995)

Review of the Movie Sense and Sensibility (1995)! Wondering why I am calling it Pleasance? Because, as all Jane Austen adaptation features lively theme, scenic views, beautiful mansions, authentic costumes. So, without any further delay lets get started with REVIEW OF THE MOVIE SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995).

“Sense will always have attractions for me.”

-JANE AUSTEN, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Neither Pride nor Prejudice should detract you from the abundant pleasures of “Sense and Sensibility”. In this delightful satire of 18th-century dating games, Jane Austen’s satire isn’t just laugh-out-loud funny. Nevertheless, it illustrates how little humanity has evolved in matters of the heart.

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Story

Elinor Dashwood, the eldest of the poor but beautiful Dashwood girls, is played by Emma Thompson. The adaptation was written by Emma Thompson as well. This is both her first screenplay and Ang Lee’s first non-Chinese project. A comic portrayer of love and family life in his films “Pushing Hands,” “The Wedding Banquet” and “Eat Drink Man Woman”. In Lee’s case, green tea may be more familiar than Earl Grey. The material cannot be better suited to anyone else.

Decorated with silver sets and nicely trimmed topiaries. When her husband dies, the circumstances of the second Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) are greatly diminished. As a result, the property is passed to his son by his first spouse, John (James Fleet), who turns his back on his promise of providing for his stepmother and half-sisters.

When Mr. Dashwood and his odious wife, Fanny (Harriet Walter), move in. Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are still wiping away tears. Eventually, they begin to evict them from their homes. Marianne (Kate Winslet), Elinor’s spirited younger sister, must regain a comfortable life and a higher ranking. The brides must still attract suitable husbands despite their lack of dowries.

Elinor,

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ELINOR DASHWOOD (EMMA THOMPSON) AND EDWARD (HUGH GRANT): SENSE AND SENSIBILITY 1995

—Despite being 19, she seems to be in her twenties here. When Fanny’s shy brother Edward (Hugh Grant) comes to Fanny’s aid, she is believed to be on the verge of spinsterhood. Fanny sends Edward to London on an urgent business trip before the two can discuss their feelings. The Dashwood women retreat to Devonshire from their life of affluence when their country cousin offers them a cottage on his estate.

“Sometimes one is guided by what they say of themselves, and very frequently by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge.”

-ELINOR DASHWOOD

Marianne,

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MARIANNE DASHWOOD (KATE WINSLET) AND JOHN WILLOUGHBY (GREG WISE): SENSE AND SENSIBILITY 1995

Unlike her practical sister, she is emotional. Soon she finds herself swept off her feet by the dashing John Willoughby (Greg Wise) from the cover of a romance novel. Despite Elinor’s advice, Marianne will soon be brazenly declaring her passion, even if it is chaste.

“Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove. Oh no! It is an ever fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken.”

-MARIANNE DASHWOOD

Willoughby leaves urgently for London just as the pot starts to boil. Meanwhile, another of Marianne’s admirers, the brilliant Col. Brandon (Alan Rickman), goes to the city on a mysterious mission. As soon as the girls arrive in London, they learn that their hearts are being followed by wealthy rivals.

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MARIANNE DASHWOOD (KATE WINSLET) AND COL. BRANDON (ALAN RICKMAN): SENSE AND SENSIBILITY 1995

Each response differently based on her temperament. However, neither Marianne’s romantic “sensibility” nor Elinor’s common sense alone can ensure her happiness. Learning to balance the two is, of course, the solution.

“Sense and Sensibility,” beautifully staged and masterfully performed. Near the end, the result becomes increasingly evident, which takes a bit of patience. Is it not true that every romantic comedy broadcasts its good intentions well in advance?

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ReviewSha 🙂

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