Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Sense and Sensibility
Lose your heart and come to your senses.
Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.
Wonderful performances and a brilliantly adapted screenplay transform this classic novel into a moving and heart-warming film about family and love.
I must admit that, thanks to a busy day, a late start and a bit too much wine, I fell asleep with about a half hour to go, so I'm not going to write too much this time. But Sense and Sensibility is my favorite of the wave of Jane Austen adaptations in the mid-'90s. It perfectly captures the tone and intent of Austen's book, it's brilliantly acted all around and it benefits a great deal from Ang Lee's sharp, observational directorial style. It's a pleasure, in particular, to watch Alan Rickman cast against type in a doting romantic role. And it seems that all British movies of the past few decades have now become a game of "count the Hogwarts professors." I counted three.
Thoroughly enjoyed. Transports you to a gentler time and place. saw it with RES when it first played at the Bryn Mawr Theatre. Fell in love with it all over again when it came on HBO every day and I was expecting my youngest child. Helped me thru. Then, I watched so often with my daughter that we now share quotes and comments and know exactly which character and moment we are referring to.....Hugh Laurie makes a very small part a major reason to watch!
A charming film, written splendidly by debut writer/veteran actress Emma Thompson.
It's definitely way too long but Ang Lee's adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility is a surprisingly really funny and whilst the reliance on the excellent Emma Thompson is clearly visible it does mark an excellent Western debut for the director.
What really caught my eye was just how funny it was, with Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman providing an excellent cast among many. Ang Lee directs with an acute sense and understanding of the source material and this enables the sharp satire to work to the fullest. Not only does this film provide an excellent platform to showcase it's acting talents but it also provides the brilliant debut (Western as previously mentioned) of Ang Lee who…
Beautifully directed, with Emma Thompson's tearful breakdown a terrifically cathartic climax. But the whole thing is undercut by its heritage cinema pedigree, as it makes one feel sorry for a group of characters forced to cut down their number of servants to just two (!!). And while Colonel Brandon is quite obviously kind to his well-off neighbors, one shudders to think what he must have gotten up to while 'serving' in India.
Directed by Ang Lee this film is based on the novel of the same name and features Emma Thompson (who also wrote the adaptation), Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant. The second wife and daughters of a rich man in 19th century England find themselves having to deal with poverty after the man's death.
While there are some changes between the novel and the script of this film it does a good job of covering the ideas of gender and class in the period it is set in but this is always a story of rich people problems rather than the grim life of the poor as seen in Dickens for example. I really liked the contrast in personality…
Watched at: Apartment
Watched with: self
Note: Watched with commentary
Surely one of the best acted Jane Austen adaptations around. The cast is pretty much superb all around (even if Rickman feels extremely Snape-ish in retrospect. Welcome to your future Rickman!)
One of the greatest joys about this film is that Lee and Thompson are acutely aware that Austen is comedy. Even when the story gets emotional, and it does, there isn't a point where a nice laugh isn't just right around the corner. (Case in point, Thompson sitting on the stairs drinking tea while the rest of her family cries in their rooms.)
The only time the film really bothers is the last five or so minutes. The confession from Hugh Grant's character feels strange, since before that…
Not only is this my favorite Ang Lee film, this is hands down one of the greatest examinations of finding love ever produced for the screen. But the greatest credit goes to Emma Thompson, who stars and the female lead and adapted the screenplay herself from the Jane Austin novel. This tale of love in the context of thoughts verses feelings (sense vs. sensibility) is unheard of in our modern day context. Where this film sings the praises and virtues of Elinor, who represents someone acting from her head instead of her heart, an adaptation in our day would surely honor young sister MaryAnn, whose propensity to let her emotions rule her leads only to suffering and heart ache. The…
Oh the irony, I am not a fan of Jane Austin's novels. I have read Pride & Prejudice as well as Sense & Sensibility and I disliked them both. It took really good film making to make me warm to Austin's stories.
This was the third Ang Lee film I had ever seen after Crouching Tiger and The Wedding Banquet and this was the film where I realized how much I adore Lee as a filmmaker. The cinematography is all of his films is just amazing and he really does gravitate toward stories involving people who are not allowed to be themselves due to societal rules.
Now I will admit that the actors in this film are all far older than the…
Pues que os voy a decir. Sigue siendo una maravilla. Poco a poco va calando. Espléndidas Emma y Kate.
My mom and I have always enjoyed this movie, but last night, I noticed how dull Thompson's romance with Grant is. I had to rate this down to 3 stars.
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