In case you weren’t aware, this film is regarded by most of the human race as one of the best Jane Austen adaptations of all time. It also happens to be my favorite, which isn’t saying a lot since I’ve only seen like three.
There are some big stars in this film like Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet, and Alan Rickman. Oh, Alan. I’m sorry, but I grew up in the Harry Potter generation, so in my heart you’ll always be Severus, plain and tall.
And then of course, there’s Emma Thompson: the British queen of the silver screen. (Yes, that rhymes—how clever of me.) Now I won’t declare my undying love for Emma like I did in my Saving Mr. Banks post, but I will say that if I could meet just one celebrity in my lifetime it would be Dule Hill from Psych…but Emma would be like No. 12 on the list, so that’s where the compliment comes in.
And did you know Emma wrote the screenplay for this film? It took her like five years and she won an Oscar for it, so that’s pretty cool.
Also, thanks to this film Emma ended up meeting and marrying Greg Wise, who ironically plays Mr. Willoughby, Kate Winslet’s love interest. You’re a lucky man, Greg—and if you ever break that woman’s heart there will be hell to pay.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: If a handsome man on horseback ever rides out in the rain to rescue you, don’t think, don’t pause, don’t hesitate a moment — just spit in his eye.
This movie reminds me of an old Disney cartoon produced during World War II that promotes the need for a partnership between reason and emotion.
In Sense and Sensibility we witness the lives of two very different sisters. Elinor is heavily driven by logic and propriety, suppressing her emotions often. Marianne, on the other hand, is so blinded by her passion that she fails to recognize reality and discern the true character of others.
Balancing reason and emotion is not an easy task, but we can have divine aid in this lifelong pursuit, if we will live for it. This heavenly help is called the Holy Spirit.
Because the Holy Spirit speaks to both our minds and our hearts, this Spirit can guide any decision we struggle with in our lives. Like reason, the Holy Spirit is what will warn us of the consequences that follow foolish choices. And like emotion, the promptings of the Spirit sometimes urge us to take a leap of faith in spite of what might appear illogical at the time.
(Side note: It takes a lifetime to learn and perfect the way we recognize these spiritual promptings, but it gets easier as we obediently live the truths we know and diligently seek to learn the truths we don’t.)
As we leverage the help of the Holy Spirit in our daily decisions, we will better bridle our passions while freeing our feelings — and what for so long seemed confusing and conflicting opposites will steadily become priceless partners in sensing the paths to true and lasting happiness.
“For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so…righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad…neither sense nor insensibility.” — 2 Nephi 2:11