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Doesn't quite make it,
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Other reviews of this film are quite polarised and I think I am the first to put it in the middle at 3 stars. I find it hard to pinpoint why it fails, but somehow the chemistry is just not there. The slow pace that works so well in Brideshead just feels slack. Good actors that don't do anything wrong, but simply don't ignite in any way. Arguably this reflects perfectly the hollowness of the dying upper-class system at the time, but it makes it really hard to care about any of the characters. The one who is the greatest "victim" - despite being a really nice man - is so dreadfully ineffectual that one even ends up feeling he deserves his fate, and so the emotional impact is lacking. But you might feel differently, so don't dismiss it out of hand. If you like period pieces, and enjoyed Brideshead, it might work for you.