Sense and Sensibility Reviews
Rickman as the quiet and non-villain gave a great performance as you don't usually see him in this kind of role. He's usually the villain or portrayed as the villain. But, here, he gives calm and easy to follow and enjoy performance. Another problem, however, is the way the movie ends.
I know that's how it ends in the book, but hear me out. I didn't like how little chemistry Winslet's and Rickman's characters got out of each other. Yeah, they marry in the end and it's cute, but they only share like 2 scenes where they clearly are in love. I know they had to sort of back away from that, given that technically, Winslet's character is only 15 and Rickman's is 35. But, I still think they could've worked a little more in. The characters are great and the story is too. Give it a watch if you haven't yet.
I love places there, the countryside is so beautiful, ans its filmed so amazingly. Thompson´s script is incredible.
I have to admit that this is the best adaptation of Jane Austen so far.
(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)
While none of the main characters pass the Bechdel test, I imagine that's more a sign of the times than a bad script. The only way to move forward in that era was either as a wife or a spinster, so what's a girl to do? However, based on Jane Austen's reputation, I was expecting much more of a fight from these women. Why they fall in love with these men is not obvious, other than the fact they are threatened with poverty. Mr. Willoughby's a Manic Pixie Dream Boy who reads sonnets and snipping lox of hair, and his telegraphed downfall doesn't feel rewarding in any modern feminist context.
All that being said, I still found this movie is well written, well acted, well directed, and beautifully designed. Much of the imagery by director Ang Lee evokes memories of oil painted vistas and still-life fruitbowls. The tales is a game of rules and manners; agreements and dishonesty; pheasants and terriers; and it is skillfully crafted. But add all that together what do we have? A story about class struggle that is too frivolous to be truly great.