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Finally, a joy to behold!,
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This review is from: Sense & Sensibility / Miss Austen Regrets (DVD)
After a disappointing start to the year in new showings of Mansfield Park & Persuasion, and even Northanger Abbey to some extent (it was good, it could have been better: LONGER for one), Sense & Sensibility finally gets it right! Of course, there are a few 'silly' Andrew Davies moments: Edward chopping wood in a wet, white shirt, the beginning seduction scene...but overall the tone & feel of this adaptation are so far superior to those mentioned above, that I must rejoice finally in being given a good adaptation of a Jane Austen novel this year!
They do a fine job with the story, and the actors are very well suited: I loved Hattie Morahan as Elinor, Dan Stevens as Edward Ferrars, and nothing wrong with David Morrisey as Colonel Brandon. The age difference between Elinor & Marianne was handled much better in this version, and you can really follow the love stories between the characters succintly, and feel right along with them.
I was also incredibly pleased to see the visit that happened to Elinor while Marianne was recovering (those of you who have read the book, know what I am referring to): to have something added back in, rather than edited from the story was great to see!
Content: for those of you worried about content, there is one decent obstacle: the first few minutes of the film are a very sensual seduction scene between a young man and an even younger woman: I would suggest skipping that, and then the rest of the film is pretty family friendly: no language that I can recall, or very little else that would be counted as objectionable.
What a joy to have a new, well-done adaptation of Sense & Sensibility! This is a film to watch over and over again (as I have done countless times already with my region 2 DVD): a delight, and here's to wishing we'll have many more such in the next few years!
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Initial post: Feb 16, 2008 6:02:34 AM PST
Thank you for your warning of the sensual scene!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2008 9:09:09 AM PDT
D. Henderson says:
I too would like to thank you for the warning of the sensual scene. I am so leery of new versions of these wonderful stories for fear they will turn out to be "Sense and Sensuality". I really appreciate your warning.
Posted on Feb 4, 2009 11:22:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 4, 2009 11:24:07 AM PST
Mark Blackburn says:
Informative, well-written review (deservedly in the "spotlight"). And, as you say, "What a joy to have a new, well-done adaptation," of this classic film!
Left a "helpful" -- hope my vote shows up. Keep writing the fine reviews!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2011 1:31:25 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2013 8:15:49 PM PDT
Thanks all, appreciate the feedback/comments - content data included to help people make informed decisions, especially those with young children: a wonderful film regardless: enjoy!!
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