Sense and Sensibility (1995) – Ace Mini-Review + How Ace Is Alan Rickman?

Sense and Sensibility
Starring: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman
Written by: Emma Thompson
Book by: Jane Austen
Directed by: Ang Lee
U.K./U.S.A, 1995

How good is this movie?

This is just one of those happy movies, a two-hour drop of sunshine. You can argue that the romances aren’t entirely convincing – but then what movie romances are??? These ones are at least reasonably sweet and hit some good notes along the way. The film is sustained by lovely visuals, a sense of humour, and solid performances, most notably by Emma Thompson as the undemonstrative but deeply-feeling Elinor. And the climax is one of my favourite romantic movie endings ever!

How ace is this movie?

Romance is the main theme of this film, which ends with not one but two weddings. On the other hand, it’s restrained, Jane Austen romance, where courtships are kept pretty chaste.

How ace is Alan Rickman?

Character: Colonel Brandon (wealthy landowner with a tragic history)

Well, he is one half of the beta couple. Also, given that he seems to fall in love with Marianne at first sight, he’s arguably one of the less demi characters in the movie. Marianne isn’t even his first love; he had another sweetheart in his youth whom he lost. That said, his romantic interest seems limited to these two; he’s a reserved suitor with no big love scenes; and as much screen time is given to his platonic interactions with Elinor as his courtship of Marianne.

What if he is?

That would be unfortunate for Marianne – unless she’s ace too, in which case they should be very happy together!

4 Stars; 3 Aces

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