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This movie overall came across as a pretty pointless one to me. I mean, what is it trying to do or say with its story? Most of the times it feels that the story is going nowhere and it also never really reaches a very satisfying conclusion with anything.

Main reason why this really isn't the most engaging or interesting movie to watch is due to its main character, that just isn't a very likable one. He's a scoundrel, who uses women for either pleasure or to gain more power. Movies like this could still work out but you need to have a charismatic and likable enough main lead and character in it, to allow it to work out. Something that, lets say, movies like "Catch Me If You Can", "Dangerous Liaisons" and "Barry Lyndon" all pulled off. I am not saying that Robert Pattinson is a bad actor but he doesn't have the right required charisma or star-power, which this movie and his character needed.

There also is a political plot line in the movie, that feels like I should have been the main focus of the movie but instead it's more of a subplot, that gets neglected for most part, until it's final 30 minutes or so, when it's just too late to start caring about it. It makes the story a sort of messy one, that's lacking a good main focus and it's perhaps also part of the reason why the final minutes of this movie feel incredibly rushed. And really, what does the ending say? It's one of those endings that's not even an ending really, since nothing really got resolved. It's just the beginning of a new chapter, that you'll never get to see. Far from satisfying, in my opinion but maybe the novel by Guy de Maupassant, on which this movie got based, provides some more answers.

As far as these type of costumed dramas go, it's still not the worst and also not the worst looking one. The sets, costumed and such are all decent enough, though it's nothing that is going to blow you away. It's obvious this was a somewhat cheaper film to make.

It has some many good and well known actors in it, just not the type of actor that makes you want to go run out to see it. Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney are all decent enough actors in this but you feel that at least one of them should have had one big emotional, dramatic or tense scene, in which he/she could show off their acting skills and range. The movie never really its actors very well, making this also an ultimately shallow movie experience.

Really can't say that it's one of the worst movies I have ever seen but everything about it still feels incredibly meh. No good emotions, no interesting drama, no intriguing developments but above all things; no charismatic and likable enough main lead it.

5/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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