Rpattz be­yond the pale

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - E Guide Movies -

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

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