Making the leap to film, Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens doesn’t leap far enough from his Sunday telly persona in Christopher Menaul’s cosy pullover of a period drama.
Passions run low for the true-life tale of lovers’ tensions between boozy painter A.J. Munnings (Dominic Cooper), hopeful artist Florence Carter- Wood (Emily Browning) and army fellow Gilbert Evans (Stevens).
A set-up this familiar needs finesse or raw feeling to elevate it, but the by-numbers script fudges both, leaving Munnings looking boorish, Florence wimpy and Evans dull.
Menaul shoots it well, but Cornwall’s coast wasn’t meant to be the star.