Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: Bel Ami

Bel Ami
Dir. Donnellan & Ormerod
Country: UK
Aus Rating: MA15+
Running Time: 105mins

Bel Ami has an identity crisis: is it a frilly, comedic period piece romp about a dashing young upstart forced to choose between the love of an impish woman his own age or the giddy older lady who was instantly smitten?; or, is it a dramatic period romance about a motivated young upstart who woos a married woman to make a better life for himself, all whilst participating in a game of political class warfare? By the end credits it was still hard to tell. With two credited directors (Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod), two editors (Gavin Buckley and Masahiro Hirakubo), two music composers (Rachel Portman and Lakshman Joseph de Saram), plus a history of a revolving door casting (Nicole Kidman was cast, but subsequently dropped out) just make Bel Ami’s duel personalities a glaring problem and one that the film never recovers from.

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