A fabulous little film, with Thompson being as excellent as ever. Hopkins is very good here as well, carrying the film with his stoic performance rife with subdued buried emotions. The film is slow and deliberate, so some may be put off by the pacing, but I loved it. A great film about regret, which we can all relate. Great adaptation and tight direction. Highly recommended. 4.5 stars
The repressed longing is captured perfectly by the leads. The entire piece is beautifully structured and filmed with Ivory's characteristic good taste and feel for the period detail - the contrasts and transitions in the social world of the 1930s and 1950s are especially well achieved. The subtlety and restraint are its strengths, even if part of me yearned for more anger and catharsis (my problem, not the film's).
Longing echoes throughout the vast corridors of this sprawling English estate and grows even stronger the further the characters get from each other. Anthony Hopkins' usual line-reading-as-acting is an irritant but thankfully Emma Thompson carries both characters' struggles with strength and grace. The film is most potent in the final scenes when both actors just barely release what's been built up previously
A wonderful evocation of the strait-laced 1930s and 50s when feelings were not always adequately expressed, perhaps because people had been brought up with Victorian values. Hugh Grant said he had never appeared in a better film and with Hopkins and Thompson at the height of their powers few could disagree. An unhesitating five stars.
I saw this 10 years ago after reading the book and was disappointed. The problem was...Hopkins and Thomas were too damn amazing in it. It's a story about invisible people and here are two of the greatest talents in cinema filling the screen. However, seeing it years later, the book much forgotten, I adore this for the FILM that it is. Such beauty, such restraint, such intelligence, such dignity. A great film.