The Bookshop Reviewed by Cameron Eagle


The Premise
Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's novel of the same name; 'The Bookshop' is set in 1959, Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop - the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England.  By exposing the narrow-minded local townsfolk to the best literature of the day including Nabokov's scandalizing "Lolita", she opens their eyes thereby causing a cultural awakening in a town which has not changed for centuries.

The Review
A lovely heart-warming drama, The Bookshop follows the story of Florence Green ( Mortimer) as she arrives in a small English town to set up a bookshop.  Trouble brews when she meets locals who have other plans for the shop; it turns out a town that lacks a bookshop isn't always a town that wants one.  Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better. Showcasing the latest books including Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451", she arouses a spirit in this “forsaken corner of the world”.

The ever-sweet Florence is a strong character who stands up to everyone who stands in the way of her business dream.  One enemy who wields her power like a puppeteer is a threat that subtly pulls strings throughout the movie.

By contrast Edmund Brundish ( Nighy) is a private recluse who forms a friendship with Florence.  Florence’s quiet gentleness has a positive affect on everyone she meets. 

The Verdict
A sweet story for lovers of books and lovers of period English dramas.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 24th May 2018
Rating: PG – contains coarse language
Duration: 113 minutes 
Genre:  Drama
Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson
Director: Isabel Coixet (Endless Night)