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).
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.