Rather of a kind, that is the middlebrow entertainment - something Frears’ late career seems to have cornered - with all the characteristics such films exhibit. It’s fairly fluid in a maudlin manner, but the premise would have made a better documentary than feature film which anyway peters out midway. Dench in sparkly imp mode.
Can one performance save an entire film from mediocrity? Judi Dench does her best but even her talent and flair couldn't rescue this movie from entering my long list of films that left me utterly indifferent.
I was entertained but I was always aware of everyone, including the director, being on auto-pilot. Dench is unique among great actresses in that she does this coasting from time to time. Her tv sitcom "As Time Goes By," is a perfect example.