Lots of pros in The Beguiled. I dug the lush homestead and the tight story.
Cons: Colin Farrell is a fine actor, and did a fine job here. But there could be a more enigmatic, a more beguiling, if you will, character there. His character was easy to read early on, which made the direction of the plot, i.e. its gradient, too easily discernible at any moment.
I look forward to Sofia Coppola’s films. She may not always knock it out of the park, but she has an idea what she’s doing, and her films have a unique feel to them — if this one less than others.
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A small movie like this must open up more dimensions, unless the one it chooses forges an exceptionally strong vector. Still, compelling and entertaining. 7/10
Comparison Notes: the considerably more potent films Dead Calm and Misery