Jane Calling: Some Adaptations Make No Sense (or Sensibility)

English: Sense and Sensibility, (Jane Austen n...

English: Sense and Sensibility, (Jane Austen novel) ch 29 : Elinor read with great indignation Willoughby’s letter Français : Sense and Sensibility, (Jane Austen) Ch. 29 (illustration N° 14) Elinor découvre avec indignation le contenu de la lettre envoyée par Willoughby à Marianne, après leur rencontre au bal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Continuing on with my Sense and Sensibility marathon, I popped in the 1981 version–a BBC offering after watching the fabulous 1995 version.

Opinion? Dry, blah, and so unimpressed I flipped through Emma Thompson’s SandS book while watching.

Part of the problem, I suppose, is that this is an older production and meant for television, and probably didn’t have that big of a budget.  Another problem is Emma Thompson’s version happened to be magical.

If interested, here is my grocery list of dislikes about the 1981 version:

1. Where is Margaret?  How could they get rid of a sister?  Quite unkind in my opinion.

2. Acting is stiff and wooden.  I felt like I was watching one of our high school drama club productions (which isn’t fair, since we have a pretty decent drama department).

3.  The costumes were terrible.  They didn’t look at all Regency.  In fact, I couldn’t tell what period the style was supposed to be.

4.  Marianne came off as a spoiled brat instead of an impassioned girl.

5.  I couldn’t muster any compassion for Colonel Brandon and his unrequited love for Marianne (Alan Rickman spoiled that one).

6. Fanny’s shock over finding out about Edward’s engagement was laughably over-the-top in hysterics factor.

7. Edward chasing Elinor through the woods seemed a bit too dramatic. I wouldn’t think she would be running away from Edward upon finding out he’s finally available.

8. Willoughby’s confession scene quite pathetic–he came off as whiner, instead of a narcissistic cad. Then again, whining also showed his cad stripes.

9.  What happened to the happy ending?  Where’s the wedding?  I wondered if I missed the ending it stopped so abruptly.

10.  Okay, one good thing to say: Mrs Jennings still proved irritating.

Overall opinion?  Skip this version and stick with Emma.  I’m off to explore the 2008 Sense and Sensibility.

Watch this:                                                                                      Not this:

Sense and Sensibility Poster

image: IMDB

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