THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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 THE BEGUILED (2017)

 
Not sure who had the idea (or why) to remake Clint Eastwood’s 1971 Southern gothic about a Union soldier who’s found injured by the young ladies of an isolated Virginia school during the Civil War.  In this remake, Colin Ferrell plays the injured soldier who is nursed back to health by the headmistress (Nicole Kidman) and teacher (Kirsten Dunst).  The girls of the school (Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Lawrence) are all agog over the fact that there’s a MAN in the house – Kidman and Durst are too, but they handle it better -  and the sexual tension piles on.  Ferrell plays it coy, mannered and grateful for the help but also aware that he needs to stay in the house to remain safe and not become a prisoner of war (Confederate soldiers check in every so often, and a blue rag tied to the gate indicated they have an enemy in their midst).  Every woman of age is led to believe that Farrell is interested in each of them – until all goes to hell when Dunst catches him in bed with the young Fanning.  Then this film REALLY gets weird.  Kidman is great as always.  One key element of the original film is missing – the female slave owned by the school in the original is not in director Sofia Coppola’s version.  She has been quoted as saying she wanted to keep the film short and didn’t have time to resolve those issues – ergo, no slave.  But it also has the effect of making the women more sympathetic.  Anyway, see this if you must but the original is a tad better.  Like I said earlier, unsure why this had to be remade so wait for the home release and check your mushrooms twice!

 

TLA one-word review: glacial

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