From acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola comes an atmospheric thriller that unfolds at a secluded girls' boarding school in Civil War-era Virginia. When a wounded Union soldier, Corporal McBumey (Colin Farrell), is found near the school he's taken in by its headmistress, Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman). As the young women provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries when McBumey seduces several of the girls. Taboos are broken and events take an unexpected turn in this gripping and haunting thriller also starring Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.
Slightly pointless remake
- The Beguiled review by LC
Nice cinematrography, and the cast are decent enough, but this ultimately turns out to be a fairly workmanlike remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood film (which still holds up pretty well). Solid enough, but it doesn't really offer anything new insights or improvements, so it feels like a slightly pointless exercise.
Disappointing remake, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst are wasted in this undercooked version. It's been a long time since I've watched the original, but I think the relationships between McBurney and the school residents were definitely explored in more depth 40 plus years ago.
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Underpowered one-note drama
- The Beguiled review by Alphaville
Slow, reserved, painfully painterly remake of the Clint Eastwood film from the point of view of the women. It’s as beautifully observed as you would expect from Sofia Coppola, but there’s nothing else going on. Abrupt shifts of character don’t ring true. Short disconnected scenes bide time but build no momentum. Nothing happens for an hour and when it does it’s entirely predictable even if you haven’t seen the Eastwood original. In any case, the trailer tells you the whole story and, by managing to make it look like a thriller, deserves more kudos than the film itself.
The set is a colonial mansion in pre-electric times and is lit (or not lit) accordingly. Nearly all scenes take place in darkness, shadow and candlelight. A feast for the eyes it isn’t. The DVD Extras show how the scenes actually looked while being filmed, and one wishes for some of that light in the finished version. The darkness adds to the dreariness of the plot and the reserved characterisations. It’s best viewed as a mood piece, but do not watch while feeling sleepy.
Nothing exciting to say about this film. So much could have been made of this film but ended being quite bored of it. Not Sofia's best work
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Atmospheric Feel was good
- The Beguiled review by KW
the pity was the rest of the film did not live up to it, and the actors were left trying to contrive performances to suit I presume the wishes of the Director! My friend watching with me fell asleep which says it all! Definitely not a thriller!!