A frustrating picture which feels more like a piece of theatre than a film. Some nice touches provide glimpses at what might have been but such moments are all too rare. The direction is lacking in panache, the music feels especially dated, and not even a cast of fine actors are always able to save the dialogue from sounding clunky. Still, there are some touching scenes and a few amusing moments.
You know how often there's a drama where the director has to cast different actors to play the main characters at an earlier stage in their lives and there's no resemblance at all and it pulls you out of the movie? I don't know who handled casting for this film, but they did an amazing job here--the young actors who match up with Helen Mirren, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone and Michael Caine are dead ringers.