On Chesil Beach


Review: Focuses on a young couple with drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. It takes us through issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure which leads to an awkward and fateful wedding night. 
Director: Dominic Cooke
Actors: Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan, Andy Burse, Rasmus Hardiker, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, Bebe Cave, Samuel West and Imogen Daines
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama, Music and Romance
Conclusion  3/4
Based on Ian McEwan’s bestselling novel. He also wrote Atonement (2007) which was also made into a film and also starred Saoirse Ronan. This is a very true to life film and I can imagine these situations happening a lot in the 60’s or even 70’s. Two people meet and fall in love who actually find out later on that they don’t have much in common with each other or just not being able to commit. I did find that while watching this I didn’t really love or enjoy it but found myself thinking about it for days after and it going through my mind and raising lots of questions. Excellent performances especially by Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan and Emily Watson. Carey Mulligan was previously attached to star as the lead role with Sam Mendes directing. Some of the themes that occur in this are about young people and society and also their lost hopes. It also shows how traditional life was even at the start of the 1960’s. 


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