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The Beguiled (2017): Unfortunately Let Down By Its Script

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers no nonsense reviews that are meant to educate as well as entertain.

12 Responses

  1. Bear Tomás says:

    Too bad. It was on my “to see” list. I never saw the original with Clint Eastwood. Did you?

  2. Wow you have a great movie review site here I will be back!

  3. I enjoyed this review as well as your comment interaction. I have seen the trailer for this movie and felt a spark to see it. After reading your review, I too have seen movies which seem to be evidence of tons of sacrificial editing. Not sure if I will see this movie while it is in the theater. Not because of your review but simply I don’t go to out to the movies often. There are many theaters where I live which are a bit on the crusty side. lol I would have to hitch a ride with another to go to a more cleansed location and that can be a hassle to arrange with 2 children in tow. Anyway, I appreciate your comprehensible and thorough review.

  4. andrewmisk says:

    I really enjoyed The Beguiled, and I think a lot of what you were chalking up to a weak or underwritten script was intentional minimalism. I think a lot of the relationships between the female characters in the film are expressed through really subtle gestures and looks, not necessarily verbally. These women have been essentially locked away with no one for company but each other for a long time, so they have developed a bond and a chemistry that isn’t always friendly (in fact it’s often adversarial) but it is strong simply through their being forced to endure the hardships of war together. While John obviously doesn’t have that strong established relationship with any of the women, he attempts to use sexual desire to gain some power since he is incapacitated throughout much of the film. The film is about madness and power relations, and the way that people in extreme situations harness their power over one another, and I think that Coppola hit the nail on the head here. Glad to see that more people are seeing this movie, though, regardless of their opinion on it. Everyone’s tastes are different, but I had to comment because I had such an opposite response to the film.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Thank you for your thoughts! I can’t say I agree with that minimalism point of view. Even in movies such as Moonlight which display similar qualities have clear character motivations. I could see if you accept these relationships for what they are then you could really enjoy this film. Sadly, I couldn’t. I wish I could enjoy the film as much as you do.

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