Steven Soderbergh takes a macro approach to the scandal, though the results, with rare exception, are vexingly micro.
Throughout the film, nearly every exchange of dialogue sounds like sparring blocks of Wikipedia-like information.
The filmmakers cut the film to emphasize the story’s familiar plot points, rather than highlight any instances of personal visual artistry.
In keeping his actors on his sober-yet-buoyant plane, Kenneth Branagh presents a convincing romance that doesn’t stall the film’s brisk clip.
A bit lean on the extras, but Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsen’s performances still make this Happy-Go-Lucky DVD worth every penny, don’t they?
The film tries to show how hard it is for people to retain their essential goodness in spite of the indignities that subsume their lives.