I don’t think the said promise came into play until the second half of the film. The profound sense of a promise encompassing the entire story and the outcome hinging on it was simply not present. This period drama seemed to span infinitely and aimlessly. The visuals, costumes and setting was all very apparent and nice to look at. But the matter was slow and there was no passionate build up; there was no passion therein after either. Alan Rickman’s shadow of a man, Germany and the war were like after thoughts while the main stage had Rebecca Hall and Richard Madden playing a long and boring game of “let’s not really flirt but let the room build up with sexual tension — or hope the viewers imagine it”. Drama yes, romantic no. I love subtle and quiet romance too, but this was not it.