Peter O'Toole gives a master performance as a curmudgeonly sarcastic old man - he has some brilliantly amusing lines.
Do get the DVD. It's a tragi-comedy but ultimately a feel-good film - for grown-ups, by the way, as most of it would go over children's heads. Here's a review.
(photo credit Norwich Cathedral where some of the scenes were set in this Anglo-NZ production. Here's more about the locations)