Excerpt: This take on The Beguiled isn’t quite the sexual thriller Don Siegel’s 1971 version was; Coppola is far more interested in the nuance of the characters and story but she also doesn’t shy away from the visceral when necessary. The result is a gorgeous gothic tale that isn’t afraid of anything: not the sexuality of girls and women, not the way we communicate, not the measures we take to keep afloat and certainly not our sense of humour.
Excerpt: The Beguiled is about shrugging perception (a household of women not only surviving, but *thriving* without men), machismo unchecked (never a man’s fault) and taking deviousness for granted (women are smarter, goddamit).
Excerpt: Coppola does fix [Siegel’s] mistakes, but not by enhancing the horror undertones. She removes them. She turns a pulpy treatise on war’s psychological atrocities far-removed from the frontlines into an authentic character piece dealing with jealousy, lust, and betrayal.