Tuesday, March 6, 2012

From the Movie Morgue: Sense & Sensibility on Netflix Instant Streaming

One thing about the classics, they hold up.  Especially one that got as many nominations as this one. Acting, Directing, Music, Costumes, Cinematography. They all got nods. Netflix added Sense & Sensibility to their Watch Instantly stream this past November but I didn't get a chance to see it until today. Being a period piece, there wasn't anything dated about it; it was just as brilliant today as it was in 1995. Ang Lee, the director, caught Britain in the fog, drenching rain, as well as dappled sunshine perfectly. His cast was wonderful as well. He won the BAFTA for Best Film, Emma Thompson won for Best Actress, the young Kate Winslet got the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress. She was absolutely endearing as the lovesick, impulsive and headstrong Marianne - she was just 20 when the film came out in 1995  and it was only her third feature film- was such a joy! Emma Thompson's script is quite as wonderful as Jane Austen's classic - just watch the opening five minutes and you'll see she deserved her Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar win! As Miss Elinor Dashwood she was just as strong and complex on screen as she always is. Hugh Grant was at his boyish blinking  ahemming best as the object of Elinor's affection and lovely Allen Rickman was quite heartwrending as Colonel Brandon. Someone simply had to be his wife!
I say do yourself a favor, if you haven't done so already, read the book. You can get it on the Nook for $3.95, download it for free on your computer and even your phone or pick it up from la bilblioteca. It's a classic...it's gotta be there. Then instant stream the movie! Don't forget the popcorn. I'll take the kettle corn. And don't you just love the cheesy voice over? They just don't make trailers like this anymore.

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