Have Cheetah,Will View #328 – “The Bookshop” (2017)

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.

What movie have you seen lately that didn’t live up to the hype? Drop a comment below and share it with us.

5 thoughts on “Have Cheetah,Will View #328 – “The Bookshop” (2017)

  1. I watched the trailer for this film and got sleepy. Even with a great cast, I felt it was a snoozer. Then I read your review. So glad we were on the same page. Haven’t watched anything so far this year that was below hype. I think that is a blessing in disguise.

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    1. Its so strange between the Brits are the masters of this type of gentle drama….I recently found a copy of “Cranford” and it was so damn good. And I really like Patricia Clarkson so it was a real shame to see how she was used in this as well.


  2. Sometimes the slow pace is just up my alley…but I think it depends on the mood I’m in.
    Like There Will Be Blood and Remains of the Day. But sometimes things really are TOO slow, aren’t they?
    Interestingly, I came across a blog post that listed There Will Be Blood as one of the most boring movies ever, lol !! But they also listed Bladerunner, The Witch, Gone with the Wind, and 2001.
    Okay…The Witch may have been slow, but every moment of that thing was packed with creepy weirdness, and boring is far from what it was.
    Bladerunner….? I don’t know. It was slow, but boring? Maybe…..? No, it’s not Transformers. It’s got something called “ambiance,” people.
    But Gone with the Wind? How can you include that? It was made in a different time, so it can’t really be judged by modern standards, can it?
    Same with 2001. Slow? Yeah. But Kubrick was doing things in there that people can’t even duplicate today! I guess if you’re not interested in the fact that it was 1968 and everything that he was accomplishing with that film, it WOULD be boring.
    So then we have to say, well, what did the 1968 audience think of it? Were they bored?
    How could they be? They never would have seen anything like that before.
    Although, it’s said that Rock Hudson walked out of 2001 and was quoted as saying this: “What the HELL did I just see?”

    Sorry. I went on a lot longer here than I meant to! I guess the real question is, how would you rate the *boring* factor of The Bookshop to some of these movies I just mentioned?

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    1. Well I bet the age of the twit who wrote was under 30 years old and that automatically gets their opinion buried in the litterbox.
      The Bookshop was painfully too slow where as a 20-25 minute edit job could have helped it…but writing Clarkson such a boring role still would have doomed it.
      I love the movies listed above (except The Witch,haven’t seen it as yet) and think the pacing fits the scope of the story…I watched a 5 hour English period piece called “Cranford” and it FLEW by because the story was great and the cast all had something to say and do. Story dictates the pace in my opinion.

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  3. Okay, thank you! I didn’t want to go to the age thing, but that’s exactly what I was thinking! When a 5-hour English period piece essentially *flies* by, some kind of masterful movie-making magic is going on there that the younger Bumblebee generation will never appreciate.
    But The Bookshop people should have known better, it sounds like. 25 minutes is a lot that needs to be edited out. Come on, folks! 🙂

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