After reading the reviews here, and being a long-time fan of Byron and his work, I ordered this DVD with excitement - and there it all ended within half an hour of watching this.
Not one of the characters was written with any truth (no fault of the actors if they have a lousy script) and Johnny Lee Miller was worse than deplorable.
Where was Byron's famous "charisma" - his funny witticisms - his dual personality that was full of laughter as well as melancholy? The man depicted in this film could not have created the famous "Byromania" that the real Byron did. And one only has to look at the actual real life portraits of Byron to see he looked nothing like the miserable po-faced Johnny Lee Miller.
As for John Cam Hobhouse, (Hobbie) his greatest lifelong friend since Cambridge and who has written so much of his eye-witness account of Byron - he was depicted as a straight-faced nothing - not the man who told us how much all his friends had just adored Byron, including Hobhouse himself.
Did the person who wrote this script actually read anything written by Byron's friends? Or did the writer just sketch out a time-line and make cliche notes taken from the myth and not the man himself or his friends.
Could not believe how bad, inaccurate, and how bloody awful this film was. The depiction of Byron's "sweet, wronged wife" was just laughable and not the strait-laced religious nut that Annabelle Millbanke was -- "The fact that Byron spent one year living with me will, I am sure, be enough to get him into Heaven." (FFS!)
All the actors were good and made the best of a rubbish script, except Johnny Lee Miller - one sullen expression and one sullen tone of voice throughout. So sad it's so bad - it COULD have been a great film in different production hands.