Friday, July 24, 2009

Sense and Sensibility (1995) (3rd time?)

Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. It's about the stories of two very different sisters. Based on the novel by Jane Austen. [imdb]

Nominated for 7 Oscars:

Best Picture
Best Actress: Emma Thompson
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet
Best Adapted Screenplay (WINNER)
Best Cinematography
Best Original Score
Best Costume Design

I hadn't seen this in years, and last night I wanted something pleasant, British, easy to watch. And it was all that and more, because S&S is a charming film. First of all, I didn't remember the screenplay to be that well written. Congratulations to Emma Thompson for winning a much deserved screenplay Oscar; her adaptation is beautiful and not boring at all.
And she's also great with her acting, of course. Even though a bit old for the part, she gives a very good performance, establishing herself as one of the most important actresses of the 90s. Young Kate Winslet is ok, good, but her performance felt a bit exagerated at times; yet she's a nice presence in the film. The rest of the supporting cast is great and the entire production looks serious. Ang Lee should have received a Best Director nomination and the film itself deserved to win Best Picture (out of the 5 nominated).
I love the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, it's an alltime favorite. Sense and Sensibility is also very good, but in a different way; it's more mature, with a story that feels more complicated but also more structured. Great achiviements both.
My rating for the film: 9/10. It just makes me happy.

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