In 1840 England, Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) is a famed fossil hunter and introvert content on going about her routines. When a fellow scientist Roderick Murchison (James McArdle) happens in her shop looking to spend a day to learn from her, she allows him to tag along. He then decides to leave his wife Charlotte, (Saoirse Ronan) who has been suffering from depression in Mary's care. Though they initially don't get a long, they end up forming a strong and mostly silent bond.
This movie dials the melancholy up to eleven. It's all crashing waves, meticulous work, long stares and sadness. The only bit of energy put into the film at all are during its brief sex scenes between Winslet and Ronan. I think more effort was put into those scenes and into the film's campaign of talking about Winslet and Ronan playing a couple more than anything else.
Ammonite is just dull and lifeless. The costumes and set design are easy to admire and they make you feel cold while watching. Winslet and Ronan are both good in their roles, but they always are. I just didn't feel engaged with any of it and I constantly felt tempted to go off and do other things. I'm glad I waited to rent this and not pay the premium VOD rental.
Memorable quote: "I feel I'm at a great disadvantage." - Mary Anning (Kate Winslet)