On Chesil Beach

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 69%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 5,421


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Anne-Marie Duff as Marjorie Mayhew
Emily Watson as Millie Warne
Samuel West as St. John Rivers
Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by chandugayan 9 / 10 / 10

There's more to it than it meets the eye

I read a lot of reviews and was surprised to see that none has discussed the part where they show young Florence on a boat with her father there are around three scenes where this scenario is show time to time bouncing back with the present time at Chesil beach and the love story unfolding, the director clearly points out why flounce is terrified of the consummating part of the marriage she was molested by her own father when she was young, this has affected adult Florence in ways she has no idea explaining this exact line was there in the movie. When she runs away from the hotel Edward (Billy Howle) thinks she is frigid being a virgin how can one be frigid on their first night, oh man worst part Edward left her not knowing of the root of the problem but was so idiotic to give up on her so easily this is portrayed with the last scene when he turns his back on her at the beach on the night of their wedding after the scene of her farewell performance where Edward regrets it all the he would've had oh the melancholy of it all just leaves you thinking about Love & Lust. Is sex so important to give up on the love of your life......

Reviewed by Páiric O'Corráin 8 / 10 / 10

Touching Story Hampered By A clunky Script.

On Chesil Beach: The film opens with Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) strolling along the eponymous beach, they have just been married that day. Returning to their hotel room a pair of piss taking waiters insist on hanging around serving the silver service meal. This adds to the couples nervousness as both seem to be inexperienced sexually which apparently wasn't unusual for university graduates in the UK in 1962. There then follows a series of flashbacks, not in chronological order, as the attempt to consummate the marriage continues. They first met at a CND meeting in Oxford, Edward wandered in literally by accident but it was love at first sight. Not at all corny, you can literally see Cupid's Arrows crossing the room. Florence offers Edward a booklet on the likely results of a H-Bomb hitting Oxford, Edward says it sounds like a good idea. Florence has a first in Music from Oxford, Edward's first is in History from UCL This makes Florence's mother Violet (Emily Watson) wonder if his parents are from a tradesman background and her factory owner father Geoffrey (Samuel West) is equally snobby albeit in a more restrained manner. Edward's father Lionel (Adrian Scarborough) is an engineer and his mother Marjorie (Anne-Marie Duff) is an artist but suffers from an acquired brain injury and is prone to acting unpredictably. There is some good acting especially by Anne-Marie Duff but the thespians are hampered by a screenplay which hasn't been fully translated from novel to film, even though novelist Ian McEwan has written the adaptation. The chopped up nature of the flashbacks in this instance also hamper the development of a coherent narrative. This is still a touching story of love blighted by inexperience with some dark secrets also implied in the background. 7/10.

Reviewed by Dave McClain 8 / 10 / 10

layered, profound and affecting

"On Chesil Beach" (R, 1:50) is a drama from first-time feature film director Dominic Cooke (known mainly for helming TV's "The Hallow Crown" and "National Theater Live: A Comedy of Errors"). The screenplay is by British writer Ian McEwan, adapting his own 2007 novella of the same name. The film stars multiple Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle - and was released one week after another literary adaptation, "The Seagull", in which the same two actors played young Russian lovers. This story follows two young Brits as they meet, fall in love and get married, focusing mainly on the wedding night. Florence Pointing and Edward Mayhew have just been married and have arrived at a hotel at the titular beach for their honeymoon. Through an uncomfortable dinner in their room and awkward fumblings with their clothes, it becomes painfully clear that they are equally inexperienced and nervous regarding sex. As the evening slowly progresses, we see flashbacks of how their romance developed, with hints at what makes the prospect of sleeping together so uncomfortable for them - especially Florence. When things come to a head, the young marrieds have a seaside conservation which reveals much about who they are (and the era in which they live) and has very important consequences for the rest of their lives. "On Chesil Beach" is one of the most layered and most profound movies you are likely to see in 2018. Woven in with the development of the romance, the developments on the wedding night and the repercussions of all of it are themes of sexual repression, gender roles, class differences, pride, regret, communication, forgiveness and, of course, love and marriage. Some will say that not much happens in this film, but there is still a whole lot happenING. And through it all, the considerable acting chops of the two leads (bolstered by solid performances from multiple Oscar nominee Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Adrian Scarborough and Bebe Cave) make the characters exceedingly sympathetic and relevant. This is a very well-done film without much action, but with plenty to show all of us. "A-"

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