Reviewed byjohnchristopher-1Vote: 4/10/10
Honestly, I can appreciate a slow building drama that takes its time tobuild characters. Unfortunately, this remake of the film gives us verylittle in the way of conflict or tension after the setup andintroduction of the characters.
There is some decent acting here from the cast, but I found it nearlyimpossible to see any detail in their faces due to the choice ofshooting 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 mayhave had issues with their projection system. Still, I prefer to seethe expressions in actor's faces, otherwise I might as well belistening to a radio play.
The film could have been a full stop brighter and adding some filllight on the faces still would have allowed the look to be dark anddrab as it was apparently intended.
By the time we get to the third act we still aren't rooting for ourprotagonist and frankly it's not completely clear until the climax thatit's supposed to be Kidman's character. The editing is unimpressive.
This remake of "The Beguiled" isn't anything special. I suspect thejurors who awarded Coppola "Cannes Best Director Award" must have nothave seen the film. For me it was best summed up by a phrase Ioverheard by a nearby audience member, "Is that it?". Yes... I'm afraidso.
Reviewed byJohnVote: 1/10/10
Absolutely horrible! People do not waste your money! I was hoping forso much more, very disappointed. The only similarity to Misery is thatit was miserable sitting through it. Characters were extremely weakwith no substance. The performances were decent, but its hard toelaborate on such a bad film. Sophia hope you deliver on your nextpiece of work, this was atrocious.
Reviewed bycatphillyVote: 1/10/10
I have to think that the reason for the almost all star cast is becausethey are doing favors for the director/producer. This movie had so muchpotential, but the acting (by everyone) was forced and so much morecould have been done with the plot. The potential here was wasted. Justlike her other movie (the Paris one) this movie just dragged on and on- to get to the very weak action at the ending.
The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls' school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.