“All I want – all I have ever wanted – is the quiet of a private life, but, eh, my mother is determined to see me distinguished.” – Edward
Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 Times (Cable, video and 24 Sep 2015)
Brief Synopsis – After a wealthy Victorian Age man dies, his widow and three daughters must fend for themselves when they lose all title and inheritance. Based on a novel written by Jane Austen.
My Take on it – If anyone ever wants to look for an example of a movie set over two hundred years ago but still feels modern, this is an excellent choice.
It’s no secret that I’m not the biggest fan of period pieces (especially British ones), but I have always enjoyed this movie because it feels less like a period piece because of the way it was adapted by Emma Thompson and directed by Ang Lee.
In addition to Thompson (who also stars as the lead), the cast was superbly chosen; Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman and Imelda Staunton are all excellent!
The customs of the time took a bit of time to get to understand, but once that happens the movie actually feels more like a modern romance film instead of a period piece which truly makes it feel timeless.
Bottom Line – Expertly made period piece that feels more modern than one would expect. Amazing cast helps bring this story to life. Takes a little while to get familiar with the customs of the day, but is done in a way that it feels like a timeless romance movie. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Whilst working on the script, Emma Thompson’s computer developed a problem and she was unable to locate the file. She took the computer to Stephen Fry who, after seven hours, finally managed to retrieve the script. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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It’s a beautiful film. I was happy for Emma Thompson for winning Best Adaption from a Novel.
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