Sense and Sensibility
Wonderful adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay, and stars
as Elinor Dashwood, the eldest of three sisters, and the embodiement of sense and prudence.
Kate Winslet plays her younger sister, Marianne, who is full of passion and romantic sensibilities.
At the outset of the film, Elinor falls in love with the shy Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant), who
may or may not be eligible to receive her affections. Marianne, however, has a torrid romance
with the dashing, and shallow, John Willoughby. When their loves may be in jeopardy, the sisters
react appropriately, with Marianne sinking into illness and despair, while Elinor relies on
hope and patience. Emma Thompson deserves thorough congratulations for this one, both for her
acting, and a delightful screenplay, full of wit and charm. There are plenty of comical moments
and situations, and witty one-liners abound. The direction by Ang Lee is well done; a movie
which could have been slow and dull, is instead bright and vibrant. The beautiful scenery helps
as well. All in all, this is a delightful movie.
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