This is a first feature film from writer/producer Drew Pearce, whose credits include the screenplay for “Iron Man 3”.
If it wasn’t for Elle Fanning, I doubt if this film would be lauded in the same way. She plays Mary Shelley – only really known for writing the science fiction novel Frankenstein.
This story has certain elements in common with “The Full Monty”, in that it deals with a group of largely middle aged men facing crisis, who bond together and find themselves through taking off their clothes
Steve Coogan has shown himself in the past to be a good straight actor post Alan Partridge in such films as “Philomena” and “The Look of Love”.
Set in 1959, a similar time to the recent “On Chesil Beach”, “The Bookshop” explores a different aspect of English manners and repressions of the time.
This lovely, full-blown epic fantasy tells its story in an unhurried and linear fashion. It manages to be simple, emotionally powerful and to engage with its deployment of fantasy elements.