I’m sorry I’ve missed a few weeks of film talk. With going on holiday and everything I have fallen behind in my movie watching and film write ups. But I’m back with with a talk on My Cousin Rachel.
My Cousin Rachel is about Philip (Sam Clafin) who plots revenge against his cousins wife Rachel (Rachel Weisz) as he believes she killed him. Things become complicated when all is not as it seems and he begins to fall in love with her. Is she innocent? Or has Philip fallen under her spell?
This is a mystery drama/thriller and I had very high hopes for this movie. The trailer made this movie seem fast paced, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat and intriguing. I was unfortunately let down. I found the movie a bit too slow paced and felt it had more drama than thriller aspects. Overall I did enjoy the film and the idea of the movie, I just felt it lacked in pace and execution.
This movie is weird. A good weird but weird. The whole movie you’re wondering what the heck is going on! Is she good? Is she bad? Did she kill him? Did she not? What is Philips deal? Is he crazy?
We see Rachel in many different lights. One minute she is innocent and charming the next shes brewing ‘special’ Italian tea. She goes from grieving widow to seemingly manipulative woman and then back to grieving widow. Philip is often back and forward too. One minute he is suspicious of Rachel the next he is bending over backwards to make her happy and then back to suspicious lover. Is it obsession? Is it love? Is it that they are both feeling guilty for the feelings they have for one another as she is Philips deceased cousins wife?
It’s a slow burning mystery movie
That’s the only description I have for it. There were moments of the movie that I felt dragged on a little too long and could have been either been sped up or left out of the script completely. The movie relied on the actors ‘acting’ to tell the story and used a lot of meaningful looks and drawn out pauses. This is effective in the story telling as its more about what we, audience, hear in what’s not said rather than what is said. I think it’s effective but can be a bit much if it is overused which I felt it was.
The costumes and setting was beautiful. Perfect for a period piece and the movie shows the beautiful countryside in England. The cinematography was great and really showed off the landscape as well as captured the important moments in the film. The acting was fantastic and really suited the movie. Everyone was a little off or weird which is exactly what this movie needed.
I did like the ending. It ended how it started. Did she or didn’t she? We never get a full answer which is a little frustrating but at the same time quite fun to draw your own conclusions from.
To sum it all up I felt the movie was a little slow and could have been executed better but but I also would recommend watching it as I did feel it was still a good but weird movie. That’s just my opinion. What’s yours?
Let’s start a conversion in the comments! Did you enjoy the movie? Why, why not?