"Bel Ami" is a handsome production, yet riddled with weaknesses.
If "sex appeal" means "appeal to the opposite sex", Mr. Covert, how would you know? I'm afraid I'm the expert on that score--I and the rest of his millions of female fans. Oh, yes, he has sex appeal--and yes, he has it here. As for his failure to project a Malcovitchian charm, I have found John Malcovitch charming in the past--in Making Mr.Right he was delightful--but I thought him utterly repugnant in Dangerous Liaisons--so much so that he destroyed the story. He telegraphed evil so blatantly, that a two-year-old girl wouldn't have trusted him to walk her dog. He was so obvious a baddie that it was impossible to sympathize with his victim: she just looked like an idiot. A successful con man does not project cunning, he projects innocence. It was, in fact, George's innitial naivete in the ways of society that dissarmed and mislead these three lonely women. I think your resentment of the guy's good looks and his female following has blinded you to an intelligent and complex performance.
Jun 25 - 12:31 AM
Lynette, great comment! ekw
Aug 31 - 07:36 AM