The movie is a very slow paced movie, with a buildup you'd feel would be amazing, but left something to be desired at the end. It just... ends. A very dialogue heavy movie, the trailer practically spoils the most interesting moments. See it if you're a fan of the book, but don't expect much action. You'd forget it was set during the civil war if they didn't call John a "Blue Belly" every third line.
really this film was not a "must see," I was very excited to see this adaptation and it all felt careless and poorly done. The actors give flawless performances, but the writing is full exposition. the cinematography is very specific, But the specificity is in vain as it adds nothing to film itself. Same goes for the direction, some scenes could have been deleted all together as again, they added little or nothing to the story overall.
The strength of her film transcends the soldier’s power to seduce. We’re beguiled, as an audience, by seeing this male animal as he is seen, and for better and worse experienced, by a diverse and dynamic group of females. And by seeing, in the end, how The Beguiled gives new and memorable meaning to the notion of a finishing school.
The film consistently works as both a straightforward psychosexual thriller and something more troubling — almost unspoken — underneath.
It’s hard to detect a strong raison d’etre behind Sofia Coppola’s slow-to-develop melodrama.