'On Chesil Beach' Review: Lit Adaptation Suffers From Sexual Frustation, Stuffiness

Saoirse Ronan, the 24-year-old Irish actress and three-time Oscar nominee, seems anointed to make every film she’s in exponentially better – and On Chesil Beach is no exception. She’s glorious, as she always is. But even Ronan can’t totally cut through the academic stuffiness that comes with this posh literary adaptation. It’s based on a superb 2007 novel by acclaimed author Ian McEwan, who also wrote the screenplay – which means he shows a tad too much regard for the source material. This is the sort of period-piece mate…
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