We found it much better than most critics. It is a beautiful and touching story, well told, with necessary, but not overwhelming special effects, and well worth seeing.
I suppose being veteran fantasy fans may make it easier, but we did not in the least find the movie "confusing" as some critics did, and the cosmology of the milieu seems straightforward to the extent it is revealed to us. Some of the plot developments are mysterious at the time they occur, but all is explained if you are paying attention. It helps to bear in mind that this is a sentimental fantasy, and not a hard-edged thriller.
We thought the acting by Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, and Russell Crowe were all quite good, with interesting supporting roles by William Hurt and Will Smith.
The settings of 1914 New York were interestingly done, and good to look at.
Over all, we were well pleased with the film, and thought it a good entertainment for a winter's afternoon.
Recommended for those not too jaded.
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