The Beguiled is Sofia Coppola’s first film since The Bling Ring.
Based on A Painted Devil by Thomas Cullinan, Clint Eastwood starred in the 1971 film adaptation.
The story takes place in Virginia during the Civil War at an all-girls boarding school. Only 5 students of different ages, a teacher, and Ms. Farnsworth, the owner, are left.
There are battles raging all around their property daily. Cannon fire and smoke can be heard and seen from the front porch of the house.
While gathering mushrooms in the woods, one of the younger girls comes across a wounded Union soldier. She brings him back to the school where they decide it would be the Christian thing to do to allow him to stay until recovered.
The mere presence of this man sends these ladies into a tailspin.
The trailer of The Beguiled looks creepy, dark, that forbidden kind of sexy, and malicious as Farrell yells out, “What did you do to me, you vengeful bitches?”
But this is one of those surprising instances where the trailer may lead you to think one thing, but all is not as it seems.
Not a fast paced movie at all, sometimes you feel anxious or even downright uncomfortable at what you think will transpire.
The cast is clever and shows consistent and solid acting skills from beginning to end.
If you are looking for an action movie, this is not it. It’s not a faerie tale either.
It is definitely worth seeing.
- Nicole Kidman
- Kirsten Dunst
- Elle Fanning
- Colin Farrell