Felicity Jones, fine frocks, drunken wedding day dramas… This period piece based on Julia Strachey’s 1932 novella has its pleasures, but they’re fleeting and frivolous despite a strong cast. Jones is Dolly, a 1930s belle lingering in her stately bedroom on the morning of her wedding, vaguely unsettled by the presence of her ex, Joseph (Luke Treadaway). Meanwhile, her mother (Elizabeth McGovern) disapproves of everything she can, while the guests gather and Dolly’s spirited younger sister, Kitty (Ellie Kendrick), hopes to meet some eligible gents.
There’s a sprinkling of laughs and a fun pairing in Mackenzie Crook and Fenella Woolgar, who play a wedding-weary couple and parents of a mischievous boy fond of firecrackers. But the central story – about a woman’s decision to marry what may be the wrong man – lacks conviction and the ending is disappointing: the film build up to something that never comes. Unquestioning fans of upstairs-downstairs dramas will nevertheless find something to enjoy.