Features way too many baffling scene transitions, but is otherwise a mostly solid and enjoyable exploration of class and gender in a changing Britain. Acting is strong from the lead three (and Redgrave, of course), but some of the supporting cast stumbles now and then.
Myrna Loy and William Powell are so good in this, their characters so delightful, that it doesn't surprise me in the least that they made five more of these movies. Smart, quick, and comedically dynamic--films like The Thin Man are the reason we watch old movies in the first place. That, and our completely understandable crush on Myrna Loy.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
After thinking (and arguing about) this one for the last few days, I think I've finally figured out why audience response to it has been so bipolar: they're watching and reacting to two different movies.
On the surface, we have a somewhat incoherent, largely ineffective space opera with some craft issues that may feature some pretty pictures and the occasional moment of brilliance, but is largely a narrative wet fart. Aborted character development, pointless sequences, flat humor, poor editing, and…