I love (nearly) all things British, and that includes this movie. It's not at all your typical romantic comedy/christmas/feelgood movie. It's just so very charming, depressing, uplifiting, dry, funny, lovable and touching. Oh, and Alan Rickman's in it. Watch it!
Although full of plenty of angst and conflict, this still ends up being an enjoyable feel-good movie. Lovable characters, well-played by well-cast actors. We all have our own stories to relate to. Cons: May be a little ponderous and unbelievable to those who prefer a little more action and special effects.