One of the rare period dramas (it’s set in the 60’s) that I felt genuinely captured the zeitgeist of that time and portrayed everything perfectly in terms of set pieces, costumes etc. The time felt appropriate for the story as well, which is always important.
This felt like the ultimate showcase of this talented cast’s talent, especially Carey Mulligan who is simply spectacular in this. She managed to be shy and confident, naive and wise, young and mature. She has both the range and a grounded authenticity. Everyone else is also great!
The story was interesting and well executed, apart from the general structure. The buildup and the development of the relationship was quite slow and long (which was good) but the inevitable “twist” felt way too brief and lacklustre. Especially since the ending, yet again, was quite drawn out. But overall this was an excellently made film.