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Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby, ignoring her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?
Austens story of the Dashwood sisters and a romance with John Willoughby is a familiar one (and it was realised quite brilliantly in Ang Lees film adaptation in 1996), and so its left to the super cast and terrific production values to convince audiences to dip into Sense & Sensibility again. Fortunately, the production delivers with consummate ease.
Much of the credit for Sense & Sensibilitys success lies in its excellent cast. David Morrissey, Mark Williams, Janet McTeer and Charity Wakefield are among the many strong performers, and theyre matched by equally impressive work behind the camera too. Theres an argument whether it manages to eclipse the 1996 filmed version (for which Emma Thompson took home an Oscar), but its perhaps to best see them as companion pieces. And truthfully, youre not going to be disappointed with either. Because once again, the BBC has brought further life to a tale told many times before, and its production of Sense & Sensibility is set to be enjoyed for many years to come. --Jon Foster
Do love this story. I'm toss between the film version with Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson an this one. I do like them both and would watch both again equally.Published 15 days ago by D. Scille
My favorite Sense & Sensibility! Yep, this is the best version for me and I did love Emma and Kate's version. Read morePublished 19 days ago by bardsley illustration
I really enjoyed this version of Sense & Sensibility. I now have 3 versions and this one is my favourite.Published 23 days ago by nanabetty
Rather disappointed in this film having seen the earlier story, but it is well acted and was in excellent condition.Published 1 month ago by john alexander
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