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Ammonite

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6.51 h 57 min2020X-RayUHD15
1840s England. Acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.
Directors
Francis Lee
Starring
Kate WinsletSaoirse RonanFiona Shaw
Genres
DramaLGBTQRomance
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English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Alec SecăreanuJames McArdleGemma Jones
Producers
Iain CanningEmile ShermanFodhla Cronin O'Reilly
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Lionsgate
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3.8 out of 5 stars

1700 global ratings

  1. 47% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 14% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 12% of reviews have 1 stars
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isvanaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not many ammonites involved in this film!
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Was hoping for a biopic of Mary Anning, sort of Pride and Prejudice with fossils, dawn of science, and female enablement. Instead its a bit of a lesbian sex film with Mary Anning a sour and repressed character, and her brother apparently written out of the story for convenience... oh well. Nil points for the history, nil for views of the Jurassic coast or the historic Lyme Regis, and nil for entertainment. 4/5 for the cast though!
51 people found this helpful
RR MarriottReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Travesty of a great novel
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A triumph for wokeism. An opportunity to make a great film of a great novel squandered in a miasma of unwarranted steamy lesbian sex and an almost complete lack of the amazing efforts, physical and mental, by a self taught girl in uncovering numerous fossils enabling her to gain a very special place in the intellectual life and history of science. Truly appalling. If you enjoyed the book this film will make you angry. If you haven't read the book then you will be seriously misled by this version of the events of Mary Anning's extraordinary life.
36 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t Listen to the Naysayers
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I don’t normally leave reviews on here, but felt this was a must.
Can’t understand why so many people are trashing this film. Yes, agreed, the film is not 100% accurate to Anning’s really life story, but the filmmakers have been completely transparent about this. Having watched several interviews with Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan, they have both stated on numerous occasions that much of this film is poetic license and supposition. It is highly dramatised.
The people claiming the movie is boring, well, sorry, but maybe it’s just too much like high art for you. It’s not meant to be a rip-roaring romp through the Cornish countryside. Some people have mentioned comparisons between Ammonite & Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Why? Because it’s set by the seaside and focussed on two characters who happen to be gay? The film is very subtle, the dialogue is minimal. Much of the acting is done through looks, small touches etc which, is a testament to the actors’ skills. It’s not to everyone’s taste, but hardly boring if you’re willing to take the time to look and listen to what’s going on beneath the surface.
On a personal note, I am a gay woman, very much not ‘woke’ (I actually had to ask someone what that meant a few weeks ago as I had no idea....although that could be age!), and I found this film beautiful, thoughtful, totally believable, yes steamy in places- especially towards the end but not gratuitously so. In fact, I was actually quite blown away at Winslet revealing so much of herself towards the end. She has always been a very outspoken advocate of being accepting of our own bodies and the inevitable effects of ageing. Here she appears as she is beneath the fancy make-up, a normal woman in her mid-40s. I say well done to her. It’s a brave thing to do in Hollywood.
Incidentally, my favourite bit was the visit to the museum at the end where Anning stands in front of the portraits. Gave me chills.
Also, someone mentioned the unlikelihood of an upper-class male leaving his wife with someone of Anning’s status. Think about it. He went to Anning in the first place because he admired her. By the time he asks Anning to look after his wife, he had struck up a (somewhat tacit) rapport with her in a place where he was otherwise a stranger. He wanted a distraction for his wife and believed that Anning could teach her something new- little did he know! Finally, Anning’s care would have come much cheaper than paying for professional services.
Final thought? Watch this film with an open-mind and enjoy two actors at their absolute finest.
29 people found this helpful
DCReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 July 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Mary Anning - Written out of history for a second time
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Disappointing & depressing. The film touches on how Mary Anning's work and accomplishments were ignored or appropriated by wealthy men & how this exclusion from scientific establishment, on the basis of being female, caused hardship & unhappiness. In real life Anning supposedly had a 'lively personality'. You wouldn't know that from this film.

The film doesn't actually give much information about Anning's life, accomplishments and character. Instead it chooses to focus on an entirely fictional affair with another woman. On an entertainment level, this might have worked had the affair been convincing, but it's not. There's no onscreen chemistry between the two main characters.

There are many films about male scientists. None of them ignored the male scientists' actual true life endeavours in favour of made up speculation about what they did in bed.
Had there been more about Anning's triumphs and how she was robbed of them, the film might have worked better. Instead, the truth about Anning's life and accomplishments has been written out of history for a second time.
20 people found this helpful
kangaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 March 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
DULL SO DULL......
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Was waiting for this to come out and thought it would be fantastic......unfortunately not. How on earth Kate chose to do this film is beyond all comprehension. Has echoes of portrait of a lady on fire and just as boring. Anne has the personality of a jelly, sour and repressed basically a grumpy bitch and Charlotte falls in love with this personality of a puddle women.......so fake......the costumes were fake, just as if the costume designer had gone to John Lewis and thought hmmm what can I buy that looks 19th centuary. No emotional depth whatsoever. The characters were so one dimentional. The tonal palette was all greys and greens and the noise of hardwood floors being walked on was disturbing. The mother was that stiff victorianesque type of women who would drive anyone crackers......I would have smashed those china animals and told her to get a life. The film was so repressed. Its not a love story with 2 girls in the throws of passion more like ice queen meets doe eyed puppy. Kate has seriously compromised her acting
career whatta comedown to Titanic. She is circling the drain with Ammonite. The sex was explicit but pointless cause their was no frizzle the build up to it was a kiss goodnight......I mean really. They were 2 strangers thrown together and it did not work. Dreadful lesbian movie that im sure the male director got a great hit filming 2 girls in bed doing naughty stuff. Not worth 13.99. The fossils had more personality than the girls. The ending was appalling and went nowhere. Frances Lee will be remembered as the worst film director of 2021.....and Kate should be ashamed of herself choosing to work with such a dreadful film director. She has gone right down in my estimation she aint a star no more and will fall into poverty and obscurity if she continues to do similar movies.
19 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 April 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dissapointing
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This was a most disappointing film. It is supposed to relate to Mary Anning and it was complete tosh. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Mary Anning formed a relationship with a another female and is complete fantasy. Disappointing that it did not consider the difficulties she faced in a mysagonistic era and just how difficult it was for her in being recognised for her skills and expertise. In relation to the exploration of women forming a sexual relationship with another woman it was ok and very well filmed in terms of a study of the character she portrayed but should be made clear it does not reallay relate to Mary Anning at all apart from her looking for fossils and having found the great fossil that she did. What a pity !
19 people found this helpful
Cockney SparrowReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
A potentially fascinating film ruined
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This film is so disingenuous - none of the characters or emotions portrayed ring true. I cannot for the life of me understand why the cast would waste their time on this. Normally with drama I can suspend the knowledge that these are people pretending and making believe - because normally there is some kernel of social or emotional truth that the story is playing out that bears exploring. Not here. It's just hollow. I think this film is suffering because a man has approximated female lives and emotions he thinks he might have observed - but it's all just guesstimates that fall wide of the mark. No one has any real convincing internal drive. There is nothing resonant here. I know some people have highlighted how inaccurate this is about Mary Anning's life. But we should very much spare a thought for Charlotte Murchison. She was an amazing, intrepid dynamic artist who travelled the world observing and recording natural history. To reduce her here to some swooning hysteric who wanted to snare Mary Anning in to domestic bliss is just insulting. Overall a pathetic effort.
11 people found this helpful
S. HallReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Just as well it was free
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This film was free to Prime members. If I had paid for it I would have been furious! Having read the book 'Remarkable Creatures' by Tracy Chevalier, I was hoping that this film would be based on what we know of her life, and filmed in such a beautiful part of the world to boot. What we got was a thinly veiled excuse for graphic lesbian sex scenes. Mary's greatest discovery, of the ichthyosaurus, was made jointly with her brother, but he didn't feature in the film at all. The overriding impression of the Jurassic Coast was somewhere grey, storm lashed and not particularly beautiful. So untrue, (and I should know, I live on it!) and such a lost opportunity to give us a cinematic feast for the eyes to underpin the story. Mary did form a close friendship with a wealthy spinster, but there is no evidence whatsoever that they had a lesbian relationship. It seems these days that whenever a close female friendship is depicted, the characters always end up having a sexual relationship. If film makers are so desperate to jump on the woke bandwagon, why don't they base their films on some of the many famous gay couples dotted throughout history, or create completely fictional ones? What I object to is basing a film on real people and then shoehorning their sexual preferences into it in great detail and without a shred of evidence. The cast were brilliant, but their material was not. Mary Anning was dour and bitter, and the soundtrack consisted of crashing waves and feet click clacking on wooden floors. The film was dreary beyond belief.
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