Nicely photographed and well acted, the film suffers from too much time uncoiling an artificial and convoluted plot at the expense of exploring the characters and their motivations. While entertaining, the end product feels a tepid sum of its impassioned parts.
It received a lot of criticism for almost everything. But don't always believe the consensus. This a wonderful movie about forbidden desire & love. The only element I dislike is Mr. DeHaan as the lover cast; he lacks the carisma to make Sophie's seduction plausible. All the others, Waltz, Vikander, Grainger, Dench, Hollander are doing really great. This movie is worthwile to make your own opinion.
“The world is chaotic. All artists know this, but they try to make sense of it. Sophia has made sense of it for him. She has stitched it together like the most beautiful cloak. Her love has sewn it together and they can wrap it around themselves and be safe from the world. Nobody can reach them.”