The Beguiled Reviews
It is actually a very interesting Drama, very unusuall for the Movie with Clint Eastwood which I have seen.
LEARN THE MEANING OF SCORNED WOMAN!
He plays a wounded Union soldier in the Civil War, taken in and nursed back to health by the staff and pupils of an all-female, Louisiana boarding school. Expecting to be handed over to a Confederate patrol as soon as he is fit again, the soldier turns on the charm to buy himself enough time to escape, inadvertently stirring up a hotbed of jealousy as the women and girls compete for his affection, ending in tragedy. The female members of the cast are outstanding - none better than Pamelyn Ferdin, who plays the little girl who finds the soldier in the woods - and even Eastwood is stretched considerably further than usual. The Spanish Moss festooned Louisiana woodland does wonders for the haunting atmosphere of the movie.
This is not your typical Clint Eastwood/Don Siegel film. The story is reminiscent of Edgar Alan Poe, a dark, sexy tale about how a mans urges dig him deeper and deeper into trouble. The Beguiled seems to be an attempt at giving Eastwood a more dramatic turn on screen, but the problem is that he doesn't look very comfortable while doing it. The rest of the cast give us great performances as southern girls locked away by the war between the states and Siegel uses the eerie surroundings as an unconscious reminder of what lurks in the school.
The great thing about The Beguiled is that there are no heroes and villains. Everyone is guilty of something throughout the film, which makes the film a great sociology project. It shows us the evil that men (or women) do.
This is not your Dads western, rent it now!!!