I was immediately hooked on "The Beguiled" from the point that I saw the first trailer because it looked like a creepy, atmospheric thriller, and I have liked Sofia Coppola's other films.
The writing of the film is really great. The dialogue is extremely well-written. For one, it is written in a dialect different than that of today's society, and it feels surprisingly natural. The characterization that it allows is also great. There is a lot of ambiguity in the morals of the main characters, but that is purposeful and necessary as it adds to the suspense and mystery. The development instead focuses on having us know the perfect amount about the characters for the audience to be able to sympathize with their struggles. There is also a surprising amount of comedic relief in the film to balance the tone and make it even more mysterious.
Visually, this film is absolutely beautiful. The cinematography is so concise. Everything that is in the frame is purposeful and builds either the theme or tone. The opening shots are very eerie and work in setting the film up. The music builds tone, both the score and the use of folk music. The production design is thoroughly impressive, too. The costuming and set design work to periodize the film. The color scheme further develops the tone. The acting is also great. Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning are all great in lead roles, showing diversity that leads to an unreadable quality in their characters.
Overall, I think that "The Beguiled" is nearly a masterpiece. It is well-made and extremely suspenseful. Fans of cinema in any regard should see this film if at all possible.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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