The cast is pretty darn fabulous - I think Carey Mulligan is always amazing in how subtle and nuanced her performances are - but in this one, where everyone's emotions tend to be so levelled, I just wanted a little more outward expressiveness. Kathy's character never does, that placidity making her a great carer of course! In contrast, Andrew Garfield as Tommy and Keira Knightly as Ruth do get to have some emotions. I would have like to see a stronger reaction to Ruth's confession that she's kept them apart; Tommy's explosive outburst near the end when we all realized nothing will change is a depressing admission that any hopes and dreams Tommy and Kathy might have had are dashed, done, kaput!
I wish the film had spent a bit more time at Hailsham; I thought the casting for the young Kathy was quite brilliant and I would have liked to have seen a bit more of that play between the characters. Ultimately? Beautiful to look at but slow and depressing.