I never saw this at its release, because I tend to react like a stubborn child when faced with general agreement on something. Everyone seemed to love this film, and so I figured I was bound to be disappointed if I went.
In hindsight, I can say I was probably right. It is a good film - I especially liked the gorgeous settings and the very witty dialogues - but it has no genius, no originality; there is nothing in this film you haven't seen in a certain number of films already. (On the other hand, can you ever get enough of Colin Firth?)
It would have been a pity, then, to be disappointed in what is, ultimately, a good film, just because it didn't live up to expectations.
Oh, the joys of film on dvd!