This is a very pleasant, rather gentle film which is generally faithful to the Jane Austen novel on which it is based. It benefits from very good performances from most of the principal actors, beautiful photography and lighting and an excellent screenplay, for which Emma Thompson deservedly won an Oscar. Ang Lee's direction is first-rate, even if the view of 18th. century England which we get is, as nearly always in period drama, rather over-pretty and sanitised ; but it looks lovely. Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet as the two elder Dashwood sisters, reliable, sensitive Eleanor and impulsive, generous-natured Marianne, are excellent. Alan Rickman does his usual thick-voiced uneasy portrayal (but without the menace) as Colonel Brandon. I have reservations about Hugh Grant who, as Edward Ferrars, seems to me over-the-top in his wimpish inarticulacy, always wearing clothes that don't really fit to underline this, but he is good at key moments, for example his final declaration of love for Eleanor. The gentle, wistful, tactfully understated music adds atmosphere to the film and is a plus, and there are some very nice woolly sheep which appear from time to time, much riding about on splendid horses (and in carriages drawn by splendid horses), marvellous views over rolling countryside, magnificent fine houses and so on. It is all lovely to watch and very well done, and with such a good screenplay, it works very well.