Movie Review: Sense and Sensibility (1995)

03 May 2011

It's a rainy day where I live, a cozy type of day where you just want to curl up with a blanket, a hot cup of tea, and your favorite book... or in this case, a good movie. :) Also, it has been suggested to me many a time that I review my favorite movies here on LOLL as well as my favorite books. What better movie with which to start out than one of my all-time favorites, Sense and Sensibility?

Sense and Sensibility (1995)
*Directed by Ang Lee and starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman*

When Henry Dashwood dies unexpectedly, his estate must pass on by law to his son from his first marriage, John and wife Fanny. But these circumstances leave Mr. Dashwood's current wife, and daughters Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, without a home and with barely enough money to live on. Though John and Fanny inherit the family's vast estate, it is Fanny's shy, charming brother Edward who captures Elinor's heart. But before Elinor and Edward have a chance to express their tentative feelings for each other, Fanny contrives an excuse to send Edward off to London. Marianne, meanwhile, becomes swept up in a passionate affair with the dashing Willoughby, a very public romance conducted with so little prudence by Marianne that it earns her sister's disapproval. As Elinor and Marianne struggle to find romantic fulfillment in a society obsessed with financial and social status, they must learn to mix sense with sensibility in their dealings with both money and men.

Oh goodness, I love this movie. I had seen it a couple of times before, but then I received it for my birthday last year, so now we can watch it whenever we choose. Of course, we had to watch it our next movie night--we wouldn't be us if we hadn't. :) I think Kate Winslet is just perfect as Marianne; she seems as if she was born for that role. I've seen the 2008 version of S&S, and it is very good, but their Marianne just wasn't right. She was okay, but not as good as Winslet's Marianne. *Please keep in mind that when I say I really like Kate Winslet as Marianne, I mean just that: I like her as Marianne. I am aware that the actress has done several not-so-appropriate films before, and I do not condone her behavior. I am solely speaking of her performance in THIS film. I just wanted to make that clear.*

I love Marianne and Elinor's sisterly relationship in this movie. They encourage each other, love each other, and help each other without thinking about it... it's almost as natural as breathing. What a wonderful example! I know I am not always as pleasant as I could be to my siblings, but I am trying to improve on that. I would love if my sisters and brother would one day remember me not as the sister who was always telling them what they were doing wrong, but instead the sister to whom they came when they were hurt and needed love, the sister who was always there for them, the sister who cared for them and loved them. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

And oh my, there are SO many good quotes! So witty, so brilliant, exactly my type of movie. :) Here are just a few...

Margaret: "Please don't say anything imporant 'til I come back!" (This makes me laugh, because I can so see Emilia saying this!)

Marianne: "Did you see him? He expressed himself well, did he not?"
Mrs. Dashwood: "With great decorum and honor."
Marianne: "And spirit and wit and feeling!"
Elinor: "And economy, ten words at most."

Mrs. Dashwood: "If you cannot think of anything appropriate to say, you will please restrict your remarks to the weather."

Elinor: "I do not attempt to deny that I think very highly of him--that I greatly esteem him... I like him."
Marianne: "Esteem him? Like him? Use those insipid words again and I shall leave the room this instant!"

Marianne: "Is love a fancy or a feeling... or a Ferrars?" 

Elinor: "Marianne, can you play something else? Mamma has been weeping since breakfast." 
[Marianne switches to a dirge]
Elinor: "I meant something less mournful, dearest."

Marianne: [To Margaret] "Come, I'm taking you on a walk."
Margaret: "No, I've been on a walk."
Marianne: "You need another."
Margaret: "It's going to rain."
Marianne: "It's NOT going to rain!"
Margaret: "You ALWAYS say that, and then it ALWAYS does!"

Here are all the little nitty-gritty details, for your convenience.

Pros: Nothing inappropriate at all--no language, suggestive scenes, or anything. This is a great movie, and one the whole family can enjoy together. The story is excellent (Jane Austen did write it, after all), the language is beautiful, and the acting is brilliant. Gorgeous costumes, music, and scenery are the icing on the cake and make this film a must-see.

Cons: Some might find the language a bit difficult at first, but after you get into the movie a bit, it gets much easier.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. 

Here is the trailer:

For anyone who loves a good, wholesome period drama with lovely music, witty dialogue, and an excellent plot, this movie is for you. :)

8 epistles:

  1. Oh yes, I love the quotes from that movie! My sister and I have such a fun time saying them at random. She seems to particularly like to say: "Look, there's a bit of blue sky; let us chase it!" ;-) And I love "Esteem him? Like him? Use those insipid words again and I shall leave the room this instant!"

    S&S is one of my favorite movies, and I like the feel of this one better than the 2008 version, although that one has a lot of things from the book that weren't in this one, which I appreciate. I sometimes like 2008 Marianne's looks better than 1995's, but Kate W. seems a little more...Marianne-ish in dramatic ways. ;-) And I'm like you--I like to not think of the actor very much; just about the character. =)

    Thank you for the review!

  2. I love this movie! Great review Lizzy dear!

  3. I love this version of Sense & Sensibility! (it's actually the only version I've seen, though). :)


  4. Ah, another good recommendation. (Hooray for clean movies!) I think I must watch this next time it rains here! Can't beat a Jane Austen revel on a gray day.

    ~Edith ; )

  5. I love this movie! Those quotes are quite epic. ;-)
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    Thanks SO much! :D

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  7. I love this movie. So good. Kate Winslet is a doll as Marianne. Pa is an enormous Hugh Grant fan so even he enjoys it! (Truth be told Pa is a great sport and watches and enjoys a lot of the chick flics we watch...just don't tell anyone or he'll kill me:D)


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