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:
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- “SENSE AND SENSIBILITY” (1971) Review (rosiepowell2000.typepad.com)
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