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Drives the stakes way up because movie dives into its violent
  • The situation is that humans and apes have reached open conflict: Caesar leads an ape community within a fortified forest in which he is going to retreat into a rumoured promised land: a paradisical valley with abundant food watchfree and water supply. He sees off an episode from humans, who've as servants certain quisling apes, former followers of Caesar’s traitorous ex-comrade Koba (a mocap performance from Toby Kebbell). The humans, themselves deeply divided about how precisely to handle a developing virus and that is depriving ones of the power of speech and reducing these to the status of animals, dismiss Caesar’s offer of any peaceful provide which his simian kind help keep to the forest, and prepare a grotesquely violent attack, masterminded with the sinister Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson. His initial face-off with Caesar is edge-of-the-seat stuff. From there on, Caesar is using a rescue and revenge mission.

    Sofia Coppola successfully uses this story to make some fantastic character dynamics and atmosphere - while coping with a narrative that never quite delivers enough twists and turns. The Beguiled leans heavily around the mess of connections which one can find between John and Miss Martha, the chaste schoolteacher Edwina (Dunst), plus the eldest student, Alicia (Fanning), but leans mainly on internalized conflict instead of following a Hitchcock-esque plot that radically changes your perception on what's really happening from scene to scene. As such, coming only at that movie with expectations of an bit more story and intrigue can be met with disappointment -- even when being treated to many really fantastic character work.

    To that end, The Beguiled ends up being a vehicle for a lot of fantastic performers delivering some in the best work we've seen from their store in years. It's a project that will require a certain amount of chemistry to exist between each character, along with the marvelous cast delivers through and through. Colin Farrell is perhaps given quite a lot of heavy lifting, as John features a different kind of relationship with each in the women in the household, but each dynamic is just as engaging since the last, and what drives the stakes way up because movie dives into its violent and thrilling third act.

    Brenna Graziano's script relies a lot more on trafficking in stereotypes than developing relatable characters wolowtube, essentially escalating a tired group of high-school rivalries by substituting grown-up stakes. As Leanne tries to regain her queen-bee status, Billy concentrates on reclaiming the super-popular girl he lost for an undeserving rival while Nancy schemes to sabotage her former tormentor's ongoing charade.