This movie filled all the squares to be an "epic saga" but it's snail-pacing killed it. I also get the strong feeling that the National Geographic-quality cinematography was meant to distract the audience from its lack of plot. I'm just not impressed with these love-at-first-sight stories where the characters only see each other once every 10 years but completely chuck their integrity and fidelity when they do. Add this to a Robert Redford character who looks great but whose acting is wooden, appears utterly uninterested, and is about as interesting as a 150-lb bag of fertilizer. Meryl Streep is good and her character, in spite of the snail's pacing, becomes interesting. Too bad that she and Robert Redford have ZERO chemistry in this movie.
This movie met all the cookie-cutter requirements of an Oscar winner, it did win several, but in the end, this 3-hour dog of a movie isn't even worth renting unless you're doing coursework for a master's degree in cinematography.