The Beguiled

(2017)

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Title:
The Beguiled
Release Date:
23rd June 2017
Runtime:
91 min
MPAA Rating:
R
Genres:
Directors:
Sofia Coppola
Writers:
Sofia Coppola, Thomas Cullinan
Languages:
English
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Storyline

During the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school, 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.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 71%
IMDb Rating 7.1

Casts

Colin Farrell as John McBurney
Elle Fanning as Alicia
Kirsten Dunst as Edwina Dabney
Nicole Kidman as Martha Farnsworth

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by george.schmidt ([email protected]) 24th June, 2017

Beautifully filmed but the most unnecessary remake since PSYCHO (and virtually a beat-by-beat one as well)

THE BEGUILED (2017) ** Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard. Unnecessary remake to Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood's Southern Gothic classic about a Civil War era tale of unbridled passion and revenge. To wit - injured Northern soldier Farrell finds solace in a girls' school led by a repressed woman (Kidman very far too low-key) and her unworldly charges chomping at the bit to be with their new guest. While filmmaker Sofia Coppola -who also adapted the Thoma Cullinan's novel - pulls out all the stops with handsome cinematography by Philippe Le Sourd and impeccable production design by Anne Ross the film is basically a beat-by-beat carbon copy of the original 1971 film adding nothing truly new to the story with decidedly mixed results (outside of the principal well-known leads the supporting cast is wan and interchangeable).

Reviewed by trublu215 21st June, 2017

The Cast Elevates This Well Made but Wholly Unnecessary Remake

Don Siegel's The Beguiled is an underrated gem of the 70s that went pretty much unnoticed for quite some time. So when Sofia Coppola announced that she was remaking the film, it was kinda surprising. Surprising because who in the hell would remake The Beguiled and kinda not surprising given the subject matter and timely political message that it could push. Despite it being such an out of left field choice for a remake, the end product is a very well made and perfectly acted film. Starring Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell, The Beguiled tells a story of wounded Civil War solider that seeks medical attention from a house of women in the rural South. Upon his arrival at the all-women facility, passion and lust become abound when the soldier begins to romance the women one by one. With each relationship he starts, jealousy arises between the women which leads to a shocking act of desperation. Personally, I thought the film was paced very well. It flowed very fluidly and was actually surprisingly funny. Granted, this is a borderline dark comedy at times but it works very well due to the impeccable acting from the cast. Kirsten Dunst gives the performance of her career here and really carries a lot of the film despite her role being somewhat limited considering the impact she has on the film. I wouldn't rule her out of the competition at the end of the year. She really does a great job. Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell also give really tremendous performances that just elevate Dunst that much more. Elle Fanning is as sultry as can be but less impressive because the role is not much different from her character in Ben Affleck's Live by Night. Despite this, the film keeps a genuine tension throughout it whether that'd be violent or sexual is completely up to whatever side of the 93 minute running time. Make no mistake, The Beguiled is most certainly a well acted film but it feels like it is unnecessary. At times it feels a little more political than it needs to be and, a majority of the time, feels like it could have been a better film especially considering the immense talent in front of the camera. Overall, the film is far from being the average remake. It is well paced, has brilliant performances and keeps a steady handle on itself as a potboiler thriller with a hint of dark comedy. It is far from great but definitely worth watching.