Rpattz beyond the pale
JUST last week we had The Woman in Black, where TAFKAHP ( The Artist Formerly Known As Harry Potter) tried to conjure screen magic without the aid of, well, magic.
Daniel Radcliffe didn’t do a bad job in an otherwise average picture.
Now it is the turn of Twilight’s palefaced poster boy Robert Pattinson to boy-manfully wrestle his way out of a similar stereotyped straitjacket.
Unfortunately, young Bob doesn’t put up much of a struggle.
His inelastic portrayal of a 19th century Parisian pantsman is the sole drawback to an otherwise OK picture.
Based on the famous 1885 novel by Guy de Maupassant, Bel Ami is a pleasant-enough, period drama in which Pattinson plays Georges, a not- so- lovable rogue bonking his way from rags to riches. The opening scenes of the movie immediately signal Pattinson is out of his element casting- wise. He is called upon to execute three tasks in swift succession: drink a beer, hold a cigar, and, err, complete a transaction with a ‘‘ lady of the night’’.
Not one is completed in a convincing enough fashion to stop anyone assuming Rpattz has snaffled the gig purely because he’s Mr Twilight.
After its stumbling beginning, Bel Ami finds its right stride once the influence of its excellent female ensemble kicks in.
Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci exude sensuality, charisma and complete confidence in their every scene.
Though there to be seduced and sent packing by their young leading man, the trio all give off the vibe they could tear the pretty boy to ribbons if you gave them maybe a minute or two. DANGEROUS LIAISONS: P6- 7 Now showing State and Village cinemas