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The Beguiled (2017)

R | | Drama | 30 June 2017 (USA)
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The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls' school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

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The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls' school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

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Innocent, until betrayed.

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

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$3,163,472 (USA) (2 July 2017)

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$10,576,669 (USA)
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Both Kirsten Dunst and Angourie Rice were in Spiderman movies. Dunst played Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's Spiderman movies while Rice played Betty Brant in Spiderman: Homecoming. See more »

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Though set in Virginia, the film repeatedly includes exterior shots of trees with hanging moss. Hanging moss does not grow in any part of Virginia. The latitude of Virginia is far too north. See more »

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Martha Farnsworth: You're our most unwelcome visitor, and we do not propose to entertain you.
John McBurney: You'll find them... easily amused.
Martha Farnsworth: You won't be here long enough for that.
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Music by J.P. Webster
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The Beguiled is a yawn-fest. Or, act two is a great time for a nap
8 July 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Honestly, I can appreciate a slow building drama that takes its time to build characters. Unfortunately, this remake of the film gives us very little in the way of conflict or tension after the setup and introduction of the characters.

There is some decent acting here from the cast, but I found it nearly impossible to see any detail in their faces due to the choice of shooting in very low light or artificially creating the effect in post. While I can't place blame entirely on the film as our local theater may have had issues with their projection system. Still, I prefer to see the expressions in actor's faces, otherwise I might as well be listening to a radio play.

The film could have been a full stop brighter and adding some fill light on the faces still would have allowed the look to be dark and drab as it was apparently intended.

By the time we get to the third act we still aren't rooting for our protagonist and frankly it's not completely clear until the climax that it's supposed to be Kidman's character. The editing is unimpressive.

This remake of "The Beguiled" isn't anything special. I suspect the jurors who awarded Coppola "Cannes Best Director Award" must have not have seen the film. For me it was best summed up by a phrase I overheard by a nearby audience member, "Is that it?". Yes... I'm afraid so.


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