Its 7:20 pm
So the big for today was to mow the lawn and pull some weeds. Good plan except that the lawncare company I called to help combat the weeds came 8 days earlier then I was expecting. So instead of mowing the lawn and pulling weeds,the cheetah and I got to watch a British drama called “The Bookshop”.
“The Bookshop” is based on a novel written by Penelope Fitzgerald and tells the story of a middle aged widow named Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) who decides to open a bookstore in a small English coastal town. The year is 1959 and the notion of a woman opening her own business like a bookshop is rather bracing to the town,especially since Florence buys a old building that a local wealthy woman had wanted for a new art center. The woman,Violet Gamart (Patricia Clarkson),had done nothing but talk about the center never dreaming someone would buy the building outright from underneath her.
This of course riles up Violet’s ire and she starts to try and force Florence out of her shop. But Florence isn’t going quietly nor is she alone,a local girl named Christine (Honor Kneafsey) and a elderly recluse who loves to read named Edmund Brundish (Bill Nighy) rally around Florence and her dream.
When Florence starts selling the controverisal novel “Lolita”,the town gets into a bit of a uproar and puts everything that Florence has worked for at tremendous risk……
I basically just laid out the whole movie (minus the last 10 minutes) in two paragraphs and I was hard pressed to do that! To put it bluntly,”The Bookshop” was one of the most boring and worst paced films I have seen in a long time. Very little happens and it takes almost two hours to tell its very slight and light tale. Director Isabel Coixet landed a excellent cast and then wandered around trying to find a place to for them to actually DO any acting. She also needed a better editor to trim about 30 minutes off this bloated movie. Maybe a leaner and quicker pace could have hid the paper thin story….
As long time readers know,one of my pet peeves in films like this is wasting a great cast. Clarkson barely gets any real screen time and only has one scene with Nighy,this is enough to earn this film a thumbs down. But I do think that Mortimer and young Honor Kneasfsey were strong in the scenes they had together. But its not nearly enough to save this plodding and slow moving snoozefest. The cast and audience deserved much better.
“The Bookshop” is rated PG and has a run time of 1 hour 53 minutes. There are no special features in this Universal Studios release.
The cheetah and I give “The Bookshop” a thumbs/paw straight down.
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