Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sense and Sensibility - the new movie
Posted by JaneGS
I loved it last year when I watched it during the PBS orgy on Austen. I loved the cottage on the green hill and the crashing waves and darling Edward and handsome Brandon and thought Elinor and Marianne and the rest of the characters were played wonderfully.
I still think all that, but there are some things this time round that bug me that I glossed over last year in the rapture of a new good adaptation to watch. I don't care for the first meeting between Willoughby and Brandon--while it's obvious they know each other, they seem to hate each other (ala Wickham/Darcy) and I think this weakens the story because Brandon doesn't yet know that Willoughby has seduced his ward--at this point, they should just not care for each other, not actually hate each other.
The biggest part I don't care for, though, is the scene where Willoughby visits Cleveland while Marianne is ill. I know I am in the minority in feeling that Willoughby is pitiful in this scene and Elinor shows incredible compassion by pitying him and forgiving him. I wish Davies had used the dialogue that Austen created in S&S instead of rewriting it. It diminishes Elinor as a truly noble character in my opinion. Forgiveness is a rare virtue, and Davies robs Elinor of much of what Austen bestowed upon her.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the mini-series. Now I have to rewatch the Emma Thompson/Kate Winslet version.