I really wanted to like this movie.
I'd heard it was a grand love story played out against the agonizing backdrop of World War II. Well, it left me cold. I didn't feel anything for Cecilia or her sister (they both seemed pretty shallow and spoiled to me), and although James McAvoy is handsome and sincere, I didn't know enough about Robbie to care about him. The movie's first third is shown in quick scenes with dialogue that wasn't always easy to understand. It was rather perfunctory and, with no backstory to show how this love developed or what they are like as people, I didn't connect with anyone.
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