When I got the invite to screen Sofia Coppola’s remake of The Beguiled, I was looking forward to seeing the film. With Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, and Elle Fanning, the cast is impressive. The movie is set in Virgina during the 1800’s, so the old mansion used is mystically beautiful. Beautiful, talented cast with the perfect set, with all of those ingredients, it’s sure to be fantastic. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
“The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.
So why was I disappointed?
The acting is as you’d expect from Nicole Kidman. She has been busy this year, and in my opinion, is the best she’s been in her career. Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell, and Kirsten Dunst are good but hard for some reason just hard to watch. Only being about 90 minutes, it isn’t a long movie, I just found it to be painfully slow. After the first hour, I wanted them to get on with it already! There were parts that the audience laughed, not because it is funny, but due to awkward moments. And really, there just isn’t a takeaway.
Should you go now or wait for Blu-ray?
Basically, if you are a Coppola fan, go now. Not that I don’t care for her work, but I wouldn’t say I am a fan. If you aren’t a fan, then waiting a month or so won’t change the experience from theater to home viewing.
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I attended a screening of The Beguiled hosted by Focus Features. All opinions are my own.
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