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Sense and Sensibility (1995)

I’m getting annoyed of these sappy romantic period pieces.

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.

The film is directed by Ang Lee, who has won of the craziest resumes ever. He goes from this, to The Hulk, to Brokeback Mountain, then to Taking Woodstock. I have to praise his direction here cause he isn’t familiar with this material, and tries his hardest to make it entertaining and fun to watch. However, he fails at doing so.

The one problem with this film is that it tries its hardest to be emotional, when its just boring. I will admit there are some funny moments in the film, but by the end of the film their all all thrown away. It got sappy, then sappier, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any sappier, well it does so, by getting even more sappier.

I think the main reason I didn’t like this film cause period pieces like this, unless interesting, just aren’t my cup of tea. I mean I enjoyed looking at the costumes and settings and thought that was well-done, but it just all seemed one emotion for me, sad. There are happy moments but they just feel put on to bring out some joy when in reality there is none cause I’m still watching this movie. I can see why so many others like it, but I just can’t put myself on that list.

The acting here is good, but most of the time I was brought down by the script so I payed less and less attention to the acting. Emma Thompson is as good as she is beautiful in this film, showing once again, she can play the strong female character like no other. But the best in this film has to be Kate Winslet, who shows so much promise with her performance, that you can see why she was nominated for an Oscar 4 times before actually winning the big one.

Consensus: Though it looks good, with some credible acting, Sense and Sensibility is not a very entertaining film, mostly due to its bleak screenplay, as well as its uninteresting twists it tries to put on its viewers.


6 responses to “Sense and Sensibility (1995)

  1. Frank Mengarelli May 17, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Woooooow. I gave this a 10. I absolutely love this movie.

  2. Ross McG May 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    way harsh, Tai..
    this is a great movie!

  3. Ronan May 17, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Dude! I was getting ready to comment: ‘It’s nice to see a bloke not afraid to man up and show some Austen Love’. Then you wimped out on me half way down. Have to agree with McG on this one. Sense and Sensibility shows just that, in spades. Whats more, its got Alan Rickman. What more do you want for crying out loud?

  4. roisinaobrien May 18, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I love period dramas, but Sense & Sensibility is definitely my least favourite – It’s not half as gripping as some of the others in its genre.

    It’s worth checking out the version of Jane Eyre starring Toby Stephens – It’s darker, with a pretty good cast. Not award-winning stuff, but a good attempt at Jane Eyre. Can’t wait to see what Michael Fassbender is like as Rochester.

  5. ultimateserge June 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Similar reaction, but its funny that Emma Thompson got an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. Then again, this is the Oscars, not Cannes.

    Great blog anyway. I’m also a film reviewer. But, just wanted to add that your output is amazing. Don’t know how you get to reviewing so many films.

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