“She’s a very powerful women. Does that not concern you?” Edmund Brundish (Bill Nighy)
When the opening voice over tells the audience that the lead character has a good heart that should cause discerning viewers to sink into the seat. It bodes badly for the experience ahead. Lazily being told the protagonist is “good” is weak characterisation. For a start, we should be shown not told. Writing, acting and directing combine to elicit personality. Secondly, “good” is such a bland word, and epitomises THE BOOKSHOP. It has the quality of a made-for-television mid-week schedule-filler. Narration rarely enhances a film, and is often a signal that the creative team cannot convey the story without such a crutch; even when here the vocals belong to an acting legend, Julie Christie.
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