Monday, August 2, 2010

Movie Meme Day 2 - Movie that you think more people should see

As with everything, I suppose, my favorite movies have changed over time. A single movie will hold position for around 5 years or so as "My Favorite" to be supplanted by something else, not necessarily newer, just different. Usually I just won't get the same enjoyment out of the movie as I used to.  Perhaps it comes from just watching it so many times, or maybe it's because the flaws finally outweigh the awesomeness.  One that has faded from my favorites, but I can enjoy every single time without flaws is the 1995 Emma Thompson adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.  Directed by Ang Lee and co-starring Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Thompson's real life husband Greg Wise, with small appearances by Imelda Staunton and Hugh Laurie. 
The movie is the best adaptation of Jane Austen's work I've ever seen.  The acting is superb, particularly from a remarkably young Winslet - she was 19 when she played Mariane Dashwood.  I read the book both before and after and was struck afterward by how creatively Thompson used almost all of Austen's actual words for the dialogue, and probably with just stage direction and set and costume creation by Ang Lee and his staff was able to perfectly create the characters and places from Austen's work.  To do the same thing with Pride and Prejudice, it really required an entire 6-hour miniseries to get all the depth of Austen's original work.  More people should see the Oscar-winning work Thompson put into bringing a wonderful book to the screen.    For more on Why I love Emma Thompson, you can check out this older blog post.

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Buttercup said...

"Persuasion," a lesser known movie from the Jane Austen canon and so worthwhile.

Mike Lippert said...

I was going to say Persuasion too but I guess not I'll settle for seconding it.

Rachel said...

Oh, I love S&S too. I don't think I've ever seen Rickman in such a romantic role before. I'm not counting Love Actually, which incidently 3 of the 4 main actors here starred in.