I’m sure there are those who will disagree, but starting a movie out like a stage play is a real put off. This is a novel, a story of misplaced love. Standing back that far (obvious scene design props) cannot serve to involve the viewer. Hence this family saw only the beginning. I wish I was watching the Greta Garbo version. Sometimes the surroundings are just too clever to get to the meat of  the story. Too much of an emphasis on set, not enough on real involving emotions. The set was a distraction. Of course I didn’t see the whole thing, I was bored. ( And I will have you know I studied scene design for theatre, but it shouldn’t dominate and film has a different sensibility).