A few weeks ago, when I tentatively told some friends why I probably wouldn’t be able to hang out most December evenings, that sort of led to explaining this whole project. That’s how I found out one of my good friends had never seen Sense & Sensibility.
So Sophia, in her infinite kindness, after hearing me complain about trying to come up with 25 days worth of topics about a single movie, asked if she could watch it with me some night. Of course I leaped on the opportunity to record her reactions for one of the blogs.
Sometimes when you watch something or do something too many times, it becomes too rote. It’s good to see it through someone else’s unbiased eyes.
So here, laid bare before all, is a Sense & Sensibility virgin’s thoughts on her very first time.
Why does he have two families?
Because that’s his shitty son from his first marriage.
…I already feel like he’s not going to help them.
You are… not wrong.
That’s a sweet tree house.
That’s a pretty sweet tree in general though.
He’s gonna be cute, right?
Lol yes. It’s like, mid-90s Hugh Grant.
So like, you know who Mr. Darcy is right?
This is NOT Mr. Darcy. He’s like… sensitive ‘n shit.
“Your stables are well-kept”
Oh yeah. Darcy would never say that.
Men in these movies always have the worst pants! They’re SO BAD.
He just kinda always has a dopey expression.
Dopey expressions are what mid-90s Hugh Grant does best.
Yeah, I mean, it’s a CUTE dopey expression.
I am not a fan of that hat. It’s very weird.
The dialogue is like… very formal.
Believe it or not, this is much more approachable dialogue than the novel.
Oh no… is he going to propose?
Jesus this is a weird tangent.
What is your point man?!?
Ahh yes, tell her all about your schooling in Plymouth! And a school run by Mr. Pratt!
Remember that he says that though… I realize it sounds like I’m joking but I’m not.
“Your neck is so dirty you could grow a potato on it!”
Lol that’s a good diss.
He’s so transfixed! Wait how old is he?
He was 46.
Omg that’s too old for her.
Well I think the character is supposed to be about 36 here and she’s like, 18 or 19.
Ok that’s still weird but better.
This is very sexual… and she is very pretty. I see why the men are like “I must carry you!”
That’s intense. Also a good way to get hair in your mouth.
Is Imelda Staunton evil in this movie too???
No she’s just annoying as shit.
Lucy Steele is OBVIOUSLY in love with Hugh Grant!
Uh, yeah, something like that.
Ooooh! They’re taking a turn about the room! I love it when they do that!
Don’t feel bad for that bitch. That was calculated AS FUCK.
Oh. Oh yeah it was. Wow.
Thoughts at halftime:
I feel like I don’t know how it’s going to turn out and usually I know by now. There’s limited men options. There’s only so many variations possible.
I think Marianne is gonna end up with Alan Rickman and Elinor is gonna end up with High Grant. Or maybe Elinor with Alan Rickman?
Oh is this gonna be the other brother? It would be nice if they introduced more men into this mix.
Why are his teeth so weird??
Because he’s English.
Well maybe he’ll be charming?
*10 seconds later*
Oooh no. He’s like the boiled potatoes guy.
Wait does Lucy end up with that guy?
Well, she’s still engaged to his brother right now.
Ehhh what’s one brother to another. Interchangeable brothers!
I SEE YOU ARE SAD. WOULD YOU LIKE SOME OLIVES?
She’s gonna break it off with him now that he doesn’t have any money, watch.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THESE THINGS??
That is a dumb hat too.
I like the fervor you have against the hats in this movie.
Well, they’re bad.
Most people really like them.
…I feel like that one dog in Go Dog Go that doesn’t like anyone’s hat.
Oh shit she’s really sick.
Wait that definitely did not help her.
I did not see this twist coming.
It would probably help if they stopped BLEEDING HER.
She’s trying not to look at his bad pants. That’s what that look was.
Yeah he definitely tucks to the left.
And at the end…
I wish I had more snarky things to say but I honestly loved it.
Thanks for being a good sport Sophia!! 😘
What about you? Do you remember watching Sense & Sensibility for the first time? What’s your earliest memory of it?