Wednesday 13 June 2018

Film Review: The Bookshop

The Bookshop
12 June 2018
113 mins
Isabel Coixet (Director)
Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson
Set in a small town in 1959 England, it is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield.  (IMDB Synopsis)

There was a lot to like about The Bookshop. It had an interesting plot, with plenty of conflict, and a wonderful cast. I mean, who doesn't love Bill Nighy with his dry delivery? Part of me wished it hadn't been quite so gloomy at times, but that may be because I had come out of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society less than an hour before seeing this one and was still buoyed by that film's romantic happy ending. I also could have done without the narration, which I found a tad annoying. Overall, though, this film was an enjoyable, well-presented piece that celebrated a love of books with which I can most definitely relate. Perhaps not a film I would re-watch again and again, but it is certainly one I am glad I have seen. 3.5-4 stars

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