Wrong in so many different ways, but 2 main ones: I hated the convoluted flashbacks; even tho I know the story by memory, the flashbacks only serve to confuse things and irritate. And let's remember, the original story was written for young readers. Second the movie insists on giving all the characters, but especially Jo and Amy, over-the-top 21st century sensibilities and motivations. It's almost to the point of being silly.
Hands down the most yearning, romantic, chemistry between the two leads in any movie - ever! The rest of the movie isn't bad either, but put Daniel and Emily in the same space and everything else fades away.
What I want in a movie is, above all, a good story. Something with a beginning that sets the scene and provides a believable motivation, a middle that develops characters, and a satisfying ending. It doesn't have to solve the problems of the world, or psychoanalyze some poor schmuck. This one delivers on all counts. Some may call it a melodrama, but there's nothing wrong with a good melodrama. Add gorgeous visuals; solid acting, and here's a film I've already enjoyed several times when I just want to escape with a good yarn.
Jane Austin poked gentle fun at her characters, all with great affection. This movie laughs AT them, in a tiresome fashion that never lets up.
Meanwhile Johnny Flynn has got to be the most poorly cast Mr. Knightley ever. His face and mannerisms shout out 21st century, and he looks 16, maybe 17.
This is one of my 4 or 5 'go to' movies, when I want an engrossing tale that transports me to another time and place, where for a few hours I can completely forget everything else, and emerge energized and uplifted. What more can we ask from a movie? Set on the high seas in the 1800's, Russell Crowe is the Captain we all want to serve under, and his officers and crew make the ship a hive of inter-connecting story lines.