Movie Review: Sense and Sensibility

Ask any woman on the planet and she’ll tell you that Jane Austen was one of the most romantic writers in the history of time. Though Austen never got married, her novels delved deep into the human soul and the emotions that romance evokes. One of the best examples of her romantic writing ability is “Sense and Sensibility” which was first published in 1811. While the story takes place two-hundred years ago, it still captures the hearts of readers. The story also happens to capture the hearts of movie lovers. In December 1995, the movie wowed woman not only with the retelling of such a classic story, but with the use of great acting. Let’s take a closer look into why “Sense and Sensibility” is one of the best romantic movies of all time.

The Story

“Sense and Sensibility” is definitely what you would call a “chick flick”. In fact, the movie is almost two hours worth of heartache. Austen had the ability to create fully rounded characters that readers were able to connect with. Even in the movie, viewers fall in love with the characters and feel the same emotions as they do. Watching the main characters have their hearts broken touches you so deeply and when everyone finds happiness, you cry from sheer joy. How is it possible that a movie can affect you in such a way? It all boils down to great acting.

The Acting

“Sense and Sensibility” was destined to be a great movie from the very beginning. Not only was the story line one that would appeal to women all over the country, but the actors and actresses chosen for the lead characters were unbeatable. The most important character in the book, Elinor, was played by Emma Thompson. Thompson held her ground as a strong-willed character, while also being able to show such deep emotions. Another star actor in the film was Hugh Grant, who played the role of Edward. The scene where Edward tells Elinor of his love and that he’s left his finance are cinema gold. Of course, this film cannot be reviewed without mentioning the talent of Alan Rickman. Rickman played the part of Colonel Christopher Brandon, a man who has seen much heartache in his time and loves a woman who may never love him back. As any fan of Rickman can tell you, anything he touches turns to pure gold.

Yes, this move may be almost 20 years old, but it captures the love story written by Austen in the early 1800s so well. The acting in this movie is some of the best you will ever see. It’s highly recommend to any woman that has a deep love for romance and stellar British acting.

Nichol Linebrink is a full-time writer who enjoys reviewing movies, music, and videos. She also writes about technology and  and how electronic leasing sites like can help people gain access to technology they may have otherwise been unable to afford.