The cast represented the characters well. I read Sense and Sensibility, and I think that the characters are accurately portrayed in this movie. While the storyline is not exact to the book (there had been scenes and characters taken out), you do get a good sense of what the remaining characters should be like. Also, many of the actors and actresses are very well known: besides Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, there is also Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones's Diary) as Mrs. Dashwood, Alan Rickman (The Barchester Chronicles) as Colonel Brandon, Imelda Staunton (Cranford) as Mrs. Palmer, and Hugh Laurie (House) as Mr. Palmer.
|Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon and Emma Thompson|
as Elinor Dashwood.
Kate Winslet was an appropriately emotional Marianne. You could tell that when she spoke, there was a lot of feeling in her voice. It might have been a little over-the-top to illustrate Jane Austen's point of the ridiculousness of too much sensibility and unrestricted emotional outbursts.
There is more of an emphasis on the male characters in this film, unlike in Austen's novel which focused on the women. Additional scenes were added such as Edward Ferrars and Margaret fencing, Colonel Brandon talking about how Marianne would not love him, etc. I personally didn't mind that they did this, but these are not scenes that are found in the book.
Great scenery! Scenes are in both the manor houses, in the country, and in London. Even though this Sense and Sensibility is not a BBC production, it still features very nice scenery. Though maybe not as bright sometimes as some of the BBC miniseries, there is still some very pretty scenery. You get a wide range in each of the settings: in the country, not only do you see the grounds of the manor houses, but you also get to see some of the wilderness areas.
|Elinor's Robe Pelisse: New fashion or handed down?|
The music, composed by Patrick Doyle, reflects the overall theme of the story. While not a depressing story, Sense and Sensibility does have a more serious overtone than Pride and Prejudice or Emma. The Dashwood women are in a very serious situation in which there is very little money coming in, and they have very little means of earning much money. The music was very flowing and pretty, but few songs had an upbeat tone to them (I can only think of two). Unfortunately for the CD soundtrack, the songs sung by Kate Winslet were not included in the CD. The two songs on the CD (Weep You No More Sad Fountains and The Dreame) were instead sung by Jane Eaglen. I was a little disappointed about this because I thought that Kate Winslet sang both songs beautifully, but the rest of the soundtrack was very nice.
This film is a very good choice if you want to show a class the main points of Sense and Sensibility. It is not exact to the book (so I would recommend actually reading the book to fill in any questions that you might have that might not be explained by solely watching the movie), but the characters are accurate and believable. The acting is well done and the scenery and costumes are absolutely lovely.
Sense and Sensibility runs for 2 hours and 16 minutes. It is available on DVD, and is rated PG.