Knightley's performance lacked in depth as, frankly, the whole film did.
It did not have something to say at all. In this, it was reminiscent of
Kirsten Dunst's 'Marie Antoinette'. Both women, however, do their reputation as 'empresses of Fashion' full justice. The costumes were actually the most interesting thing about the film. Waiting for Knightley's next appearance to see what she might be wearing was quite enjoyable. The emotions (arising from the horrible things that happened to the duchess) were not believable and it was hard to find them touching. A woman who has her child taken away from her would have normally made me sob, if the actress was only able to carry off tragedy. Nevertheless, I had a good night out in cinema.