Sense and Sensibility was Jane Austen’s first published novel. Writing under the pseudonym of “a lady”, Sense and Sensibility is the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. When their father passes away, their elder brother inherits the family estate, Norland Park. Knowing that Norland Park is no longer their home, Elinor and Marianne, with their mother and younger sister Margaret are forced to find a new home and make a new life elsewhere.
As I did with the other novels, I’m going to compare and contrast the most recent adaptations.
Cast: Elinor (Emma Thompson), Marianne (Kate Winslet), Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman), Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) and John Willoughby (Greg Wise) .
- Pro’s: Directed by Ang Lee, with a screenplay by Emma Thompson, the 1995 movie retains Austen’s voice as a writer. It is a charming movie, for both the general movie fan and the ardent Janeite. Greg Wise looks awful good in breeches.
- Cons: Let’s face it, as good as an actress and a screenwriter Emma Thompson is, she was far from 19 when this movie was made. Elinor is still a teenager, regardless of the actress stepping into her shoes.
Cast: Elinor (Hattie Morahan), Marianne (Charity Wakefield), Colonel Brandon (David Morrisey), Edward Ferrars (Dan Stevens) and John Willoughby (Dominic Cooper).
- Pro’s: With a screenplay written by Andrew Davies and the younger characters played by a whose who of young British actors, this adaptation has a lot going for it. Davies fleshes out secondary story lines that that makes the primary story line vibrant and alive. I also like is that the cast is age appropriate.
- Con’s: None.
And the winner is….. I can’t decide.