On Chesil Beach review “Brimming with English melancholy”

On Chesil Beach posterThe pebble beaches, brooding grey skies and that familiar reserved English melancholy of Ian McEwan’s novella On Chesil Beach have been meticulously translated into film, adapted by the author himself and directed by Dominic Cooke, this being his debut feature film. Starring Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as the polite yet passionately in love pair, it’s a tender ode to what it’s like to fall in love in your early twenties.

On Chesil Beach is the story of Florence and Edward, two young graduates who are about to be married in the summer of 1962. Florence is a fiercely talented and ambitious violinist from a upper-middle class family, daughter to a factory owner (Samuel West) and a philosophy professor (Emily Watson). Edward is just as wickedly smart but from far humbler beginnings. Continue reading

Lady Bird review “Unapologetically human”

Lady Bird theatrical posterThe teen drama can be a tempestuous beast. When showing a character as coming-of-age, they run the risk of coming across too contrived, too dramatic, and lacking the realism that everyone experienced when they came of age. Lady Bird, the directing debut of actress Greta Gerwig, is one of those teen dramas, however, that lives up to the hype.

The story follows Lady Bird (Saorsie Ronan), a 17-year-old girl in Sacramento, as she navigates her last year of high school in 2002.

I know what you may be thinking: surely this is another one of those cliched, stereotypical teen films with over the top portrayals of teenage girls written by someone who most definitely never was a teenage girl? You couldn’t be more wrong. Continue reading