The Beguiled (Review): Trashy Art, or Artful Trash?

Sofia Coppola’s latest film remakes a problematic slice of exploitation in to something more artful. Boasting some of the most gorgeous cinematography of the year, predominantly utilising natural light and candlelight to make you feel like you’re looking through a window in to 1864, as well as some enjoyably trashy performances from its ensemble cast, the film still feels torn between two posts. I am still unsure of whether The Beguiled wants to be treated as a work of art, or as a preposterously pulpy paperback adaptation- and because of this drastic difference in tone between Coppola’s style and the knowingly histrionic nature of the performances, I feel like the artifice is holding me back from loving it as much as everybody else has done.

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