I read the book and thought it was depressing and such an anticlimax (no pun intended). A waste of however many hours I’m not going to get back. I can’t believe it’s been made to a film. There’s pretty much, zero plot or point to it.
Regret, missed opportunity, the importance of seeing another's point of view, how people are locked into a time/place, inexperience/immaturity, what might have been, wisdom of age that comes too late.... these are universal themes. I don't think it's true there was no point to it.
I loved the book. I read it when it first came out and reread it again a few months ago. I think about it quite a lot, so it's had quite an impact on me. A quiet devastation of how a life can be wasted for want of...charity? It's more a poem in novella form.
I really liked it. I think you need to have read the book to really get it, otherwise I can see how it could be disappointing. I did think the ending was a bit twee but other than that it's one of the best book to screen adaptions I've seen. Also loved the 60s clothes on Saoirse bit that's irrelevant