Fave Film #97 – Sense & Sensibility

1995

Cast- Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant

Directed by Ang Lee

Emma Thompson won an Oscar for Best Writitng, Screenplay based on material from another medium

Based on the Jane Austen novel, this book follows the classic novel closely.  The two Dashwood sisters, Elinor (Thompson) and Marianne (Winslet), both struggle to find happiness.  The sensible Elinor falls for Edward (Grant) and the passionate Marianne for Willoughby (Greg Wise).  However, neither will have a smooth road to true love.

Why I love it –My favorite thing about this film is the wonderful cast.  The top four and the surrounding cast were all wonderful.  I was charmed by Hugh Grant  as Edward in a way that I wasn’t in the book.  Winslet glowed as Marianne and it was great to see Rickman as a romantic lead.  And Thompson was perfectly sensible.  I also very much enjoyed the actors in the smaller parts, especially Hugh Laurie as the sarcastic Mr. Palmer.

I saw this movie when it came out and liked it and I recently listened to the novel and liked it too, but I liked the movie more this second time I saw it because I had read the book.  It brought the story to life and the actors made the story richer for me.  Of course, I love period dramas, romances, and these actors are favorites of mine, so it is no big shock that I would love this movie.

And because I know most of the ladies who love this time period, love to see the balls and the gowns, here’s a clip…