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THE BEGUILED (2017) MOVIE REVIEW:
This was one of my most anticipated movies for this year and I did not come out disappointed. "The Beguiled" is visually beautiful and I really believe it is trying to share something profound. Set in the mid-1800s, during the height of the civil war, a southern school ground for young girls takes in an injured Union soldier (a great performance by Collin Farrell). Because of this, sexual tension and rivalry begins to form between the women of the school. The school is run by two teachers played excellently by both Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst. This is the type of film where every shot, every line of dialogue, and every
manner of speech contributes to a deeper statement; a message about the pangs of sexual regression. Sofia Coppola's direction and screenplay are wonderful, adding a comparable amount of extra depth, tension, and a new viewpoint to the original novel. The cinematography is masterful, creating a bleakly beautiful and incredibly realistic backdrop, and the costume design is its equal. The film has a collection of bravura performances from every actor in the film. From the younger schoolmates to the more experienced, everyone was excellent and I am positive Nicole will be academy nominated for her performance. The only flaws I mention are not even perceived as flaws by me, but I feel some others may see them this way. These are that the film may not be very entertaining for those who do not enjoy stories that are told in this manner. The movie is, for the most part, slow paced, avoids all senses of melodrama, and does not have any musical score. This may be a turn off for some viewers, and it may prevent them from seeing the deeper themes below, but I still feel these choices were wise in communicating the message. In conclusion, "The Beguiled" is an incredibly deep film entirely committed to its message, but may fail to capture certain audiences.
Rating: 8/10 ⭐️