Anyone see this? I had read the book and loved it.
Overall, it's wonderfully ambitious movie. And, overall, I think it accomplishes them. There is a lot of humanity and beauty in this movie. If it doesn't quite reach some of the emotional heights of the book, it does make up for it somewhat in the way it's visualized. The way the film is cut is surprisingly effective, and although some details and subplots are lost from the book they cover the bulk of it admirably. I found the use of the same actors to be wonderfully affective in some instances, but distracting in others. It's one of the films failings, I guess, when you start seeing some slightly off-looking people who you later realize is a familiar actor under loads of makeup. Sometimes these moments just feel like a gimmick. A gimmick the film really didn't need. But other than that, I was very pleased overall. I hope more audiences embrace the movie, as a lot of the power fo David Mitchell's book really comes through.