Preview: Saoirse Ronan has a very bad wedding day “On Chesil Beach”

Was there ever a more British title for a period piece romance than this?

“On Chesil Beach” suggests…not much of a beach at all, gloomy skies, tennis “at the club,” and Humber motorcars delivering one and all to a quaint port where a marriage doesn’t quite come off the way one expects in that pre-sexual revolution/pre-sex education era.

Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle play the should-be-happier couple, Emily Watson’s her mum, and it’s all based on Ian McEwan’s novel about sexual hang-ups and expectations in 1962 Britain, land that was later to inspire the play, “No Sex Please, We’re British.”

“On Chesil Beach” is almost certain to get lost in the swamp of summer films, but might be worth checking out May 18.


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