Review by Myla Tosatto
Sofia Coppola paints a pretty picture when she makes movies. Be it 1970 suburbia, modern Japan, a super cheeky French Revolution, or in this case, the Civil War. She sees the Civil War as beautiful girls in glorious gowns, live oaks draped in Spanish moss, antebellum architecture, and spiraling staircases. Her setting for The Beguiled is 1864 Virginia at a school called Mrs. Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies. Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) and Edwina Murrow (Kirsten Dunst) are responsible for the care and education of five young girls: Alicia (Elle Fanning), Amy (Oona Laurence), Marie (Addison Riecke), Emily (Emma Howard), and Jane (Angourie Rice). Life is calm, if not a tad monotonous until one day a wounded Yankee soldier, Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell) is found wounded in the nearby woods. While mending him back to health, each of the females takes a shining to the enemy corporal. That’s when it goes it dark. Not as dark as the its source material, the 1966 novel The Beguiled by Thomas P. Cullinan or the original 1971 movie of the same name. Coppola’s darkness is more subtle.
This slow burn of the Southern Gothic genre is best enjoyed without the kids. It is not a happy, action packed movie. It feels like a hot, sticky southern day. This can be great while watching a movie, but the tension might be too much for anyone under high school age. The movie is rated R. Best to see this one with friends or a date who can appreciate an Official Cannes Selection. Sofia Coppola won best director at Cannes. I would say this makes the chances of her being an Oscar nominee pretty high.
The Beguiled Giveaway by Focus Features:
Focus has provided five lucky readers a really fun “MOMMY” prize pack. Just a heads up this isn’t a family film. The prize might have a bad b-word on it. This is not a normal giveaway that I host for your kids to enjoy but rather for you to enjoy once the kids go night night! 🙂
Wine glass (Sturdy plastic and great to enjoy outdoors!)
Journal (To document your GNO!)
Tattoo Sheet (Totally silly ones to enjoy after your wine!)