Bel Ami Reviews from the Berlin Film Festival   8 comments

Here are some Bel Ami reviews. Don’t forget that everyone has their own opinion and critics can be harsh

From Screendaily:

A lush and impressively assembled adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s novel about a charming cad who rises through the Parisian high society of the Belle Époque by wooing women useful to his cause,Bel Ami stutters rather than glides and while punctuated by some impressive performances and a fine sense of design it can never quite find the right balance between its twin storylines of seduction and politics.

Reluctant heartthrob Robert Pattinson makes a brave stab at the immoral and manipulative Georges Duroy – the ‘Bel Ami’ of the title – and while his good looks and intense charisma may win over Twihards, the film may have a tough task finding an easy marketplace. Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci impress as Parisian ladies who are won over by Duroy’s charm, though Uma Thurman as his Machiavellian equal lacks the charm to convince in her demanding period role. R-Patz fans seeking a bodice-ripping costume romance will be disappointed.

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From Cineuropa:

The film’s decor is rich in details, from the flowers on the wall to the bed sheets. Donnellan and Ormerod’s actors shine in this satire of a vile and corrupt society in which we recognise today’s vices, to the point that the seductive young man that we meet at the beginning of the film ends up seeming absolutely despicable. Their film shows the cynicism of the novel Bel-Ami, and is adapted with loyalty and such human and social realism that it remains extremely relevant today.

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From The Independent:

Fangs away but love still has bite for raunchy R-Pattz
What are we talking about?
A film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel, which follows a young man, Georges Duroy – “Bel Ami” – as he charms and seduces his way to the top of Parisian society.
Elevator Pitch
Fangs away, but the claws come out: R-Pattz is Bel Ami in the Belle Epoque.
Prime Movers
It’s the film debut for one of the theatre world’s hottest duos: Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, of the multi-Olivier-winning international company Cheek by Jowl. The exec producer is one Simon Fuller, better known as a pop manager and Pop Idol creator.
The Stars
Very starry. Robert Pattinson may be hoping to break from the blessing/curse of Twilight – but as Duroy he’ll still get to do plenty of smouldering. Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Holliday Grainger all look brittle, beautiful and distressed as his romantic conquests.
The Early Buzz
Sight & Sound reviewed it thus: “If Bel Ami occasionally feels airless and overly art-directed that may partly reflect the period it’s set in, but also the directors’ over indulgence in facial close-ups. It’s almost as though they didn’t trust their actors to express emotions in mid-shot – the last thing you’d expect from theatre directors. This does [Pattinson] no favours, since in close-up his face tends to lapse into the bovine, but at further remove he gives an alert amusedly insinuating performance.” Total Film awards “full marks to Pattinson for tearing into his Edward Cullen persona with plenty of arse-bearing sex-scenes”, and concludes it’s a “lush period romp … but a toothless adaptation of biting source material”.
Insider Knowledge
Bel Ami has been adapted for film and TV at least nine times before; most famously in The Private Affairs of Bel Ami in 1947, starring George Sanders and Angela Lansbury, when it was given a moral he-gets-what-he-deserves ending, quite at odds with the source material, by Hollywood censors.
It’s great that…
There’s no such rewrites here: wickedness remains wickedly profitable.
It’s a shame that…
The classic French novel is done in dodgy accented English, not French, despite Donnellan and Ormerod’s rich professional history of staging plays in other languages. After all, if they can pull off Shakespeare in Russian….
Hit Potential
The mere presence of R-Pattz should be enough….
The Details
Bel Ami goes on general release from 9 March.

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Posted February 17, 2012 by fastieslowie in Bel Ami, Robert Pattinson

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8 responses to “Bel Ami Reviews from the Berlin Film Festival

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  1. I read Bel Ami about 20 years ago and loved the story when I heard Rob was going to be Georges Duroy the ultimate cad, I knew he was going to do a great job in it. I am not a teenager and am in the “older audience generation” and will love seeing him play this part. I think Robert has not only the talent but the common sense to explore as many avenues as he can to stretch his talent…I think the critics can’t stand the fact that this young man seems to reach for the stars and does touch them…His fan base young and old will always be here to support him.

  2. Bravo!! Well said! What do critics know anyway?

  3. I agree whole heartedly. This young man deserves some respect. It’s about time these so-called critics gave him some, and they could start by not calling R-Patz. He is Robert Pattinson!

  4. I totally agree with posted so far comments. Robert is a great actor who deserves recognition and respect. I will always support him and his movies and will go to see (and will buy) all movies he will make. Note: I also belong to this “older audience generation” group.

  5. An average or poor script, inexperienced directors and bad camera angles may be part of the disconnect people observe in the movie, Bel Ami. It would be worse if people gave up and did not try to stretch. Everyone starts somewhere. I’ll bet Rob Pattinson is not half bad in this. How many actors get one super hit after another? Only a very few. Maybe George Clooney and Gary Oldman, and they did not participate in 4 teen-age heart throb movies. Besides, in the past, how many guys went “ga ga” for BayWatch and Pamela Anderson? Rob Pattinson appears to be intelligent, talented, hard-working, and very warm-hearted. Plus, his looks don’t hurt either, Oooooooooh, that face and jawline! He was very very good in Water for Elephants, and I hope to see him in many more films.

  6. Pingback: February 17th: The ‘Bel Ami’ World Premiere in Berlin « Thinking of Rob

  7. Thanks for provide valuable information.

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