41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Charming and touching,
By A Customer
This review is from: Sense And Sensibility [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
Having seen the praised American version of this novel I was delighted (especially by Emma Thompson ). Sometimes I had a feeling of too much drama in that film. But I had not read this novel for some years, so I did not know why.
I read the novel again and realized that film was the American way of showing Jane Austen and her time: the men always riding (like cowboys), an education full of freedom even for girls ( Margret and her hut in the tree ...), rain in every turning point or dramatic situation ....
The BBC adaption of this novel tells the story in a more careful, smooth way, true to the novel, few thrilling scenes, but more charming ones. There is time to look at the characters, to feel with them, to see Jane Austen's English humour in some scenes and her feeling for romance. Sometimes I think there are real people on the screen, not heroes. That is one more reason for liking this film as much as the big American movie, or even better. Jane Austen gave her readers time to get into the story, she did not rush her readers, nevertheless there had always been something unexpected or surprizing in the story. Sense & Sensibility 1995 is great if you want to bring the story into life for young people of nowadays who need exaggerated feelings to feel and some action to think the movie is worth watching. But if you want to feel back into history, watch Sense & Sensibility 1985 by BBC. You will be led into a world totally different from ours, enjoy it as often as you need to be entertained in a smooth way.