Spoilers in Post:
Where: Amazon Prime
Rating: TV-14 (see Family Friendliness rating below)
Release Type: Television
Plot: A mother and her 3 daughters are cheated out of their life by a scumbug daughter in law and a weak-willed step-son. But everything turns out all right because, husbands.
Scoring Notes: generally a +5 is the highest I will give a component. A -5 is the lowest. If it goes beyond that, then you know I am quite serious
+20 for an age appropriate cast (I love the Emma Thompson version, but considering many of the actors were a good solid 20 years older than the characters they were playing….)
+5 for David Morrissey and his portrayal of Colonel Brandon
+3 for Charity Wakefield. For some reason I really just like her protrayl of Marianne
+10 for Dan Stevens. This is, apparently, the first time I’ve seen the movie since Downton Abbey entered our lives. I was amused when the movie started and I recognized him. I had recalled how, the first time I’d seen the movie how much he seemed to be channeling Hugh Grant in his performance.
Production (Writing/Directing/Soundtrack, etc…):
+10 for pacing/plot/etc… Despite my deep seated objections to the opening scene (see below); I realized I much prefer this version of S&S simply because it is longer and we get to stay in their world a bit longer.
+3 for direction (could have been higher, but broken record time: see below).
-5 for family friendliness because why? For some reason they chose to have a risque scene at the very beginning of the movie. I will never understand why they chose to do this because that scene, by itself, is why the movie is rated TV-14. Other than that its the typical family friendly fare for Jane Austen based movies (well, except maybe Mansfield Park). Yes, my sensibilities were offended.
Total Score: 46
Side Note: The overall scores for the Jane Austen movies are going to be typically lower than normal because I decided not to score quotes.
What about you? Did this version make sense to you?