This movie is, hands down, the finest adaptation of any Austin novel. There's a certain irony in that the novel adapted is the weakest that Austin ever wrote.
However, genius writer Emma Thompson not only managed to stay true to the book, but she dared to improve upon it. Any time there was call for a change, she made the right decision every single time! I was especially proud of her for taking that bold twenty minutes or so to make us fall for Elinor's Beau, mostly through the eyes of a third sister.
Yes, there have been changes to the story, but they are slight, and, no offense to Jane Austen, quite called for.
And, for the record, this movie is by no means a chick flick (Although I'm hardly qualified to say so since I absolutely adore chick flicks). This is a clean movie suited for the entire family. I believe most of the humor will escape small children, but most of it is pretty universal.
The music was beautiful (Although there certainly wasn't very much of it.), the scenery was breathtaking, and Ang Lee's direction was sensitive and deft.Overall, this is a movie I'm sure any fan of Austin (Or Emma Thompson) would love.
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