Bel Ami

Monday, December 05 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Bel Ami

JOY REVIEW

Bel Ami, which means pretty or handsome friend, stars Robert Pattinson in one of his major roles following the Twilight series. And he stars as kind of a very attractive, perhaps a n’er do well, but he’s just out of work and finds a patron from one of his old colleagues in Paris in the 1800s, I think 1890 or something, which looks very Toulouse Lautrec-y , complete with can-cans and women showing their bosoms. We’ve got three women who view him as an attractive friend in addition to one of the children. We’ve got Christina Ricci, we’ve got Kristin Scott Thomas, and we have Uma Thurman, and all three are married.  Uma tells him very early on in the movie not to mess with powerful men, deal with the women because they’re the ones who really have the power. And so, he seduces his way through Paris society. This is actually a very good movie. He’s attractive, he’s moody enough, and I thought this really was a very good period piece. You cared about the characters and it had some real resonance to it, and all three of the women are great. I think he’s not a bad actor at all, and very attractive. So I would give it four stars.

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