The real irony is that the investors didn't pull the plug on this movie.
The lack of drive is compensated for by a serious amount of overacting.
A beautiful story that is in the capable hands of Frears. The movie does suffer from a casting problem: Dench is too posh to convincingly play a plain Irish woman, and Coogan can't shake the image of Alan Partridge.
Hair-raising drama, stunning visuals.
Bucket full of cliches, trodden paths, and uninspired filmmaking.