The Beguiled (2017)

Review: The Beguiled (2017)

14 Aug 17

Lovely exterior, but...

Sofia Coppola’s remake of the early 1970s Don Siegel / Clint Eastwood classic looks beautiful, with Philippe Le Sourd’s cinematography oozing sensuality in every scene.

Coppola turns up the repressed sexuality to eleven, as the camera lingers on Colin Farrell’s body, or Nicole Kidman’s eyes, Kirsten Dunst's lips, or Elle Fanning's neck.

The gorgeous veneer can’t hide the lack of characterisation, or absence of people of colour in a deep South, Civil War-era setting.

Surprisingly funny at times, this psychosexual drama never transcends its beautiful exterior. Lovely to look at, entertaining and erotic, but disappointingly shallow.