Colin Farrell steals the show with his beguiling performance

Colin Farrell steals the show with his beguiling performance

Innocent, until betrayed.

DVD: The Beguiled

Runtime: 91 minutes

Age restriction: 10-12 PGSV

Bonus features: A Shift in Perspective; A Southern Style

Reviewed by: Gareth Drawbridge

Review made possible by: Times New Media

When you are the daughter of legendary film-maker Francis Ford Coppola, you definitely have massive shoes to fill if you are following in your iconic father’s footsteps. However, with several awards to her name, Sofia Coppola has definitely carved out her own path over the years and proved that she is a brilliant film-maker in her own right.

In her latest offering, The Beguiled, Sofia explores manipulation, deceit, jealousy and betrayal, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.

With violent conflict raging all around them, girls at the school of Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) spend their time trying to get through the days as peacefully as possible. Unfortunately, their relatively calm and stable lives are disrupted when a wounded enemy soldier, Corporal McBurney (Colin Farrell), arrives at the homestead.

Following what they consider to be the right course of action, the girls, under the supervision of Martha, take in the injured soldier and tend to his wound.

As McBurney slowly recovers and regains his strength, he turns on the charm, and it isn’t long before he has the entire homestead in a fluster. After spending several days manipulating the girls in subtle but effective ways, McBurney incites jealousy amongst the ranks and soon has the girls competing for his attention and, ultimately, his affection.

But how long will they remain beguiled by this smooth-talking stranger? And, if they find out what his true intentions are, how will they react?

Based on the novel by Thomas P Cullinan, The Beguiled is a steady-paced thriller/drama with a superb cast, including Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Just as McBurney steals the hearts of all the girls at the homestead, so Colin Farrell steals the show with his portrayal of the smooth-taking, rakish soldier who is only looking out for himself.

The Beguiled is available on DVD.

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