Although it is at moments confusing (perhaps as a consequence of the "actor directing himself" situation) this film has everything to catch you up: a great story, remarkable cinematography and a quite stunning art direction. You can even ignore the gender agenda: in a film this subtle, any subtext gets inevitably embellished. Nice film.
Very traditional in its filmmaking style that neither excites visually or emotionally. Stilted adaptation that tells the story of Dickens unacknowledged love affair with a younger woman from his mid forties to his death and the lifelong regret/ ennui that she was left with. Felicity Jones is quite good here but Fiennes as director should have cast someone else in his part. In the end it is scholastic not engaging.
All the hallmarks of contemporary middlebrow filmmaking: over-reliance on scene-setting and music (e.g. 'American Hustle') to bolster otherwise threadbare content; character interactions and dialogue that foreground the central elements of story in a repetitive and heavy-handed manner; blatantly derivative stylistic devices (e.g. Malickian nature interludes); overall lack of specificity, clarity, patience or rigor.