A wonderful sporting achievement is competently relayed here by George Clooney but with a disappointing lack of personality. There are moments of genuine inspiration, during boat races for example, but the much more heavily focused on character drama falls very flat.
Way more drama than comedy, but the satire can be biting, even if it is rendered less effective by perhaps coming too late. Sadly, it’s underwhelming how all of the family issues sub-plots don’t feel like they coalesce strongly with the main story point and take up most of the runtime. A solid film with strong performances but my experience with this overall was just fine – nothing close to revelatory or emotionally stirring.
A lower class Oxford student stumbles into the good graces of a wealthy classmate he adores and eventually spends a summer at his family’s opulent estate. Not all is as it seems, though. At times deliciously campy and twisted, and at others painfully simplistic and melodramatic, the story plays out much how you’ll expect, with provocation after provocation attempting to distract from the obvious lack of substance. Very much a love it or hate it affair by the end, but my goodness is it pretty to look at it regardless.