“The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola.
YOU CAN RUN, BUT CAN YOU RUN SLOWLY?
First time director Denis Di Novi sets a significant tone and mood for “Unforgettable” that the cast was thrilled to be a part of.
Katherine Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David, played by Geoff Stults, becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks, played by Rosario Dawson, not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly, played by Isabella Rice.
Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her.
But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.
Di Novi explained how it was great working with two strong lead actresses and a lead actor who were able to collaborate and make the directing process easier.
Heigl explained how even though Di Novi was a first time director her career of producing quality work made it easy for the actors to trust her and follow her direction because she know what made a great movie.
The movie has moments of suspense which really rock the audience and have a major impact in the story, but it also has sensual moments which although sexy also drive the story and add to the characters.
Dawson talked about how the sex scenes are difficult to get right because most directors are trying to get angles to make it sexual and the purpose is lost, but Di Novi was able to keep it sexy and at the same time keep the purpose clear.
The pacing of the movie keeps the intensity high, although there are moments which seem to have slowed to an almost halt.
The story is still always present and continues moving in a pace which keeps the audiences glued to the screen.
The two female leads do a fantastic job at making the audience feel for them, Stults said. Dawson and Heigl made these characters feel real and that they could possibly exist in the real world.
From the beginning the characters are established and some of the more impressive moments is how they interact with each other during different occasions and when different people.
The ending is reminiscent of other movies from the same genre so its not overly surprising, but the actors in this movie do some of the best work and Dawson stands out in such a role which stands out among the other roles she is always seen in.