Hollywood is out it again remaking another classic film. The latest is the 1971 film The Beguiled which starred Clint Eastwood. Rare to get a remake right, this new version stars Colin Farrell works out well under the direction Sofia Coppola.
During the civil war, wounded soldier John McBurney (Colin Farrell) is taken in by a Southern girls’ boarding school. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, all the women and girls in the school are immediately fascinated by the handsome man leading to jealousy and betrayal.
The Beguiled features an outstanding ensemble cast from Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell. Kidman gives a standout performance as the school’s headmistress Miss Farnsworth. She has a strong presence bringing strength and grace to the role, nurturing her students like her own daughters and nursing Farrell’s character back to health.
Farrell is perfectly cast as the male lead. Mesmerising to watch, he brings the charms of an Irishman females can’t resist. The supporting cast is solid with Dunst in tow.
Finely crafted picture by director Sofia Coppola (‘Lost in Translation’, ‘The Virgin Suicides’) audiences will find alluring. The narrative starts off slow then leads to a spellbinding film in its 94-minute run. Coppola’s direction is flawless, managing magnificent performances from her cast along with tremendous cinematography by Philippe Le Sourd and beautiful and lavish production design by Anne Ross.
A sensational melodrama with excellent direction and great performances, The Beguiled is a film worth watching. Check it out.
Rating: 4/5 Stars