Highly Suspect Reviews: The Beguiled

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Remaking the 1971 Clint Eastwood film, Sophia Coppola tells the story of a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) who is found by the girls of a boarding school in the┬áConfederate south. Doing the ‘Christian thing’ and taking him in, the girls argue with each other and themselves of whether or not to turn him in to the Confederate army, where surely he would die. Slowly but surely they come under his BEGUILEMENT (see?) but that’s only the beginning. Check out Chris, Richard and Frank’s review, comparisons to the original, and take on the controversy surrounding the film.



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3 thoughts on “Highly Suspect Reviews: The Beguiled”

  1. I enjoy your reviews a lot, but I feel when it comes to issues of white washing and race you often tend to ignore the reasons why people feel frustrated. Any history of femininity in America will talk about how black women and other women of color were erased from things like “The Cult of Womanhood” because they weren’t seen as women. So when you want to make a film that discusses southern antebellum women’s feminity, erasing black women is a problem. Aren’t they women too? Her arguement is “reasonable” but it doesn’t mean that she isn’t flawed as a creator if she can only write works that only reflect a reality she understand and cant incorporate others. Again, I do really like you guys but I wish you did have a little more empathy for racial criticisms of films, even if you don’t necessarily agree with it.

    1. You raise valid points and ones that are good to be heard and considered. I don’t agree in terms of this film in particular, but I feel like I expressed that as accurately as I could in the review. I will state that in general, I feel qualified to judge a movie as a movie, but not necessarily qualified to make definitive statements about the very controversial topic of ‘white-washing’. While it’s certainly more of a clear-cut case in some films than others (I’m looking at you, “Gods of Egypt”) our not choosing to deeply address it in some cases where there is controversy sometimes is because we don’t agree with the criticism, and sometimes it’s because we’re just not sure. Either way, there are LOTS of folks out there more concerned with dealing with these sorts of questions and are making a lot of noise about it where they feel it is justified. Sometimes we definitely agree with them and then, we do say so. Most of the time, we just want to review the movie as is.

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