Saturday, December 29, 2007

Soaking It In: Sense and Sensibility

Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility (1995) by Ang Lee: 136 minutes, 7.7 IMDB, 100% fresh tomatoes

The early-19th-century trials and tribulations of two spoiled brat daughters who must deal with their expulsion from wealthy English society to (gasp!) merely well-off English society.

My notes:
  • 0:28:00 Oh, those poor poor dears. The four of them are forced to live in a beautiful English cottage and they can only afford one male servant and a maid!
  • 0:35:08 And they must endure picnics overlooking the countryside. Oh, the horror! (Really, I have got to get over this attitutude of mine or I'll never make it through this picture.)
  • 0:52:40 I read about the flatulence while shooting this scene and couldn't resist making "pfffft!" sounds.
  • 0:55:30 It's Hugh Laurie! Hurrah! The picture is saved.
  • 1:42:55 Upon hearing of Elinor's mistreatment by Edward Ferrars, Colonel Brandon cries out, "By Grabthar's the Sons of shall be...avenged!" OK, not really.
  • 2:00:00 Has Margaret been in that tree house for the last year? We haven't seen her in a while.

The cousinnephew summary:
  • (At the midpoint [1:10:45] check-in:) Good job. Good actors. Good costuming. Good setting. As for the story, they don't need to complain so much; they've got a pretty good life, there. It's not like they're wearing rags.
  • It's a good movie. Not exactly my cup of tea. Nonetheless, it's a good movie.
  • (Asked about the five:) Acting stood out. You have to be good because there's scenes where there's no background noise, no music. Script was pretty good.
  • (What would you emulate in your own filmmaking and what would you avoid?) Emulate the attention to details. Again, they didn't get lazy.
  • (Avoid?) I don't really take the love relationships very seriously. I'm not big on the plot of, what? how wealth and good breeding matter?

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