On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach
  • 2017
  • UK
  • Directed by: Dominic Cooke
  • Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Emily Watson
  • UK release: 19 January 2018

Adaptation by Ian McEwan of his own novella, in which newlyweds Eddie (Howle) and Florence (Ronan) have an unsatisfying wedding night in a Dorset hotel in the early 60s. Overwrought and underwhelming, it’s filmed with a heavy hand by theatre director Cooke, making it for self-important and unengaging viewing.

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On Chesil Beach

9 Oct 20172 stars

LFF 2017: Saoirse Ronan stars in an underwhelming adaptation of Ian McEwan's novella

Overwrought and underwhelming, On Chesil Beach is a cold and calculating affair that constantly threatens to collapse under its own self-importance. Set on the cusp of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, it's a film that's as dramatically restrained and…

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