I’ve always been a fan of the Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman version of Sense & Sensibility, but I must say this new miniseries has quite blown my mind. It’s wonderful, sumptuous, superbly acted adaptation. Andrew Davies did a fabulous job with the screenplay.
We all know the story behind Sense and Sensibility. It’s a tale of two sisters: one beautiful and romantic—the other pretty and far too sensible. The first, Marianne Dashwood, is vulnerable to any man bent on seduction. The second, Elinor Dashwood, is vulnerable to the dictates of society. She’ll lose her heart but keep that fact to herself, because young women should be reserved.
The first few times I saw this film, I was lukewarm toward David Morrissey, who plays Colonel Brandon. I warmed considerably to him by the third watching. He’s a great actor.
Dan Stevens is gorgeous. Oh my, is he handsome. He’s so much fun to watch as Edward Ferrars. I wish he was in more scenes! Edward chopping wood in a wet, white shirt… be still my heart… sigh.
Hattie Morahan who is Elinor in this miniseries is stunning both in looks and acting. She’s quite moving to watch.
Charity Wakefield is lovely. I enjoyed her a lot. I know of a few people who did not, but I really thought she was exceptional.
Dominic Cooper as Willoughby… ugh. Not a fan. He’s so smarmy. Greg Wise from the other version was a much better fit in my opinion.
I disliked extremely the beginning seduction scene. It’s so disjointed from the rest. When I saw it the first time I thought I was watching a preview for another movie and it took watching it a second time to realize it was actually a part of the first episode.
Rating: 4.5 Stars