My first problem with the film was with the editing. The story is told in two timelines. We have present day, which features the daughters and their lives, then the second, which is the flashback of the motherís lost love. At first, the story is broken up way too much and neither storyline gets going. Then the editor/director settles down and we get more established scenes. Unfortunately, they donít really mesh up very well and one story doesnít have an impact on the other.
That leads to the second problem, which is the lack of focus. The way the story was told, I fully expected there to be some tie-in at the end which would link the two stories together. However, itís clear at the end that the stories are basically independent of each other and could have very well been two separate films. As far as the story goes, I found both lines a little boring, but the flashback line was frustrating because the loss of love dictates the whole story, yet we donít get a decent reason they didnít get together.
The performances were pretty decent. I thought Hugh Dancy did the best job, but his character had more going on than the others. The rest of the cast put in normal performances, but Meryl Streep was severely underused. She appears for about five minutes and during that time, she reminiscing with Vanessa Redgrave about what we just saw. I felt like Iíd walked in on my grandmaís knitting club.
One Weekend by the Sea (16:15): This is your typical making of featurette complete with too many movie scenes and not enough behind the scenes footage. It was decent, but wasnít much more than a fluff piece.
Adapting Evening (9:37): This focuses on the adaptation from the book. I recommend this for those of you that have read the book. Otherwise you probably wonít care.
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