Four “Bel Ami” Reviews Translated by @LeRPattzClub

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Bel Ami Review from BZ – Berlin.de

Film adaptation of a literary work with stars and weaknesses: “Bel Ami”

The story: Paris, 1890. The former soldier George (Robert Pattinson) is hungry for social advancement. It has no talent but unfortunately he seems to have an incredible nerve. With many calculations, he managed to seduce the wife of an editor, Madeleine (Uma Thurman) who gives him a job as a journalist. But that’s not enough for George – he is looking for a better match. Even the beautiful Clotilde (Christina Ricci) and the mature Ms. Rousset (Kristin Scott Thomas) can not resist the charm of “Bel Ami”. But the price that these ladies have to pay is high …

Directors: Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod in 1981 co-founded the theater company Cheek by Jowl. With the film adaptation of the novel by Guy de Maupassant, they offer here their first feature film.

Stars: The hearthrob Robert Pattinson who has chewed through the success of Twilight film . In “Bel Ami” unfortunately, his performance is similar to the vampire Edward: while both are terribly pale. Likewise, his partner Christina Ricci (“Monster”) do not really will bubble on the screen. On the contrary, very convincing in the role of the unfaithful wife”: the star of “Kill Bill” Uma Thurman.

Review by BZ: The beautifully designed scenery and sumptuous costumes unfortunately do not bypass the weaknesses in the cast. Too bad!

Chance to get a Prize at the Berlinale: None, out of competition film. Dates: Today, 12 (Berlinale Palast) and 22:45 (Friedrst.-P.)

Bel Ami Review from Filmstart.de

1,5 / 5
Carsten Baumgardt

Each nation has its sensitivities. Our French neighbors are particular suspicious on their language and culture. The classic novel by Guy de Maupassant, Bel Ami, 1885, repeatedly brought to the screen, clearly belongs to the national treasures that we protect with care. With the new directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, two British who just use the material and adapt the French novel with English-speaking actors. This operation “Bel Ami” has failed not only from a French point of view – the drama in period costumes suffer from atmospheric disturbances, lack of subtlety and a star who does not reach the complexity of his character

Paris in the1890s it’s the gold rush. Opportunities to earn lots of money quickly is immense. Only the old soldier, peniless, Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson) has missed the boat of the bourgeois class and struggles as an employee to survive. When he meets Charles Forestier (Philip Glenister), an old friend from the Army, everything changes suddenly, as he introduces the handsome young man at the leading company in Paris and gives him a job as a journalist for “La Vie Française” .
George falls in love at first sight of the eloquent and erudite Madeleine (Uma Thurman), wife of Forest, he soon leaves her distracted once again by an affair with Clotilde (Christina Ricci), who is also married. When Forester is carried away by a serious illness, George fights his way and marries his wife Madeleine. It is one more step in the social scale, but it is not enough. His megalomania finally led him to a marital crisis, to the connections and professional failures.

Guy de Maupassant created with “Bel Ami” a delicate portrait of society, which until today is still valid. After all, our time is also guided by the hunt for glory, money and influence, by fierce competition, disloyalty and lack of scruples. A new interpretation of the subject de Maupassant is quite obvious, but the directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod fail to illustrate its relevance in the present. They are limited to a decorative period film : the staging and how to film are pleasant and re”veal good qualities, but the plot seems restrained.
Many omissions have a negative influence, moreover, there is virtually nothing left of Maupassant complex characters in the film, of the summary device and this leads to sudden changes in traits and behaviors that are difficult to understand.

Pale as a vampire in a “Twilight” movie where the acting is not demanding – and that led to his fame, Robert Pattinson tries to overcome the character Georges Duroy with not much more than charm pornography. It does not do justice to this kid who plays among the women of the Parisian society, and he ends up being tormented by delusions of grandeur. Although the British actor has proven itself in the drama “Water for Elephants,” “Bel Ami” might have been more suitable to an actor like Leonardo Dicaprio. Even for him, it would have been a challenge to seem plausible playing the inconstancy of Duroy, required by the scenario.
Since it is difficult to recognize in this film actors who are particularly good but we have example with an experienced actress as Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient). When Oscar nominee loves suddenly, like a teenager in love with the beautiful George, then it is much the failure of an interpreter that the expression of gross dramaturgical weaknesses. The best impression is left by the experienced Uma Thurman (“Dangerous Liaisons”), whose character of Madeleine Forestier is also the one which worked more consistently.

Conclusion: “The Swedish are not Brazilians.” The Football Champion Franz Beckenbauer knew it, and this analogy has escaped Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod: the British and the Americans are not French. That’s why the British in costume drama “Bel Ami”, which also suffers from many awkward characters, fails to express the state of mind of the French material

Bel Ami Review from Critic.de

In another film adaptation of the novel by Guy de Maupassant, Robert Pattinson tried the role of an unscrupulous cad.

Georges Duroy returned to Paris in the late nineteenth century, after years as a soldier in Algeria. He deftly uses his newly established with powerful men and women to climb the social ladder of the high society. Bel Ami, the bestselling novel by Guy de Maupassant, describes a career built unscrupulously in a corrupt society which seems to expect such methods.

A timeless subject, not least as suggested by the fact that the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) list about half a dozen of adaptations for film and television. Now, this British production is further added to the list.

Robert Pattinson was in the film Twilight, the vampire kind, here he is a manipulative, selfish, careerist, unscrupulous cad. He tries to interpret it by facial expressions with which he could strange surely be nominated for Razzie Awards: Pattinson grimace with the mouth in different directions, leaving his upper lip vibrate or shows his teeth. This quickly becomes a mannerism barely tolerable.

Pattinson is visible in every scene, and its low representation could already spoil the film. If there was still something to spoil. The direction of Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod points wisely chapters of the novel and vigorously painted Parisian nightlife, where someone is always asking for the “champagne”. Connected by a clue, scene after scene, a seduction to another, a lady seductively wrapped in a sheet to another. Everything is served with a loud soundtrack.

Uma Thurman in the role of smart and talented Madame Forestier, who is responsible for the professional success of uncultivated Bel Ami, could be an interesting female character who opposes the ability of Pattinson’s character. We see her from time to time as a journalist / housewife investigator, but the film has no real interest in his female roles. Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci, who are other victims of love, play his on-screen partners, and as the plot requires it, he triumphs.

Bel Ami review by Outnow (Swiss review)

Bel Ami(2012)
Or a lost vampire

The former soldier Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson) returns to Paris after his military service. He lives in poverty, unhealthy conditions in a room in the suburbs. He’s once again lucky and come across Forester , a former friend met during his time in Algeris, the latter invited him to dinner at his home. There he meets not only the educated wife of Forestier, Madeleine Forestier (Uma Thurman), but he will also be introduced into high society. When he is proposed to treat her experiences as a diary, he began with the help of Madeleine and her husband, an influential career in journalism.

Through his merit and his affair with the beautiful Clotilde de Marelle (Christina Ricci), he created the leading Parisian scene and eventually became editor. In this position, he is also associated with the collapse of the government. Meanwhile, he has fun with the ladies abandoned by men far too busy and uses his position to achieve its social goals.

Film Rating:

It is an attempt to break from the image of Edward, the beautiful vampire. While filming the Twilight series is over, and there is only one movie to be released on the screens, it is time to prove himself in new projects. Robert Pattinson is successful, with few weaknesses, to cope surprisingly well in the role of George Duroy. Of course it is always difficult not to see in every gesture or facial expression the vampire Edward and some traits remind that role too well. But overall this is a fair provision provides by the young actor in “Bel Ami” Maybe because the two characters share a certain resemblance. George and Edward are two handsome men, eager to satisfy their addiction. It is the desire of blood in Twilight (though discreetly removed), while Bel Ami covets recognition and women. Many scenes are very average and Pattinson is offset by the supporting cast who are at their best, which is quite impressive, the women’s team can be proud of Uma Thurman and Christina Ricci.

After having spoken of theactors , Bel Ami is also the first feature film directors Declan Donellan and Nick Ormerod who looked far from the theater. We see the origin of the filmmakers, as their penchant for beautifully designed scenery and beautiful costumes is remarkable in every scene. It is clear however, that the story sticks very specifically to the plot of the novel, each chapter has worked as gently as possible and the film seems, therefore, unpleasantly static and rigid. Despite his famous actresses, it’s almost irritating, that the female characters are extremely pale and sometimes act as extras who must recite their texts.

Overall, the film adaptation based on the novel of the same name, by Guy de Maupassant is essentially lighter than the cast would have suggested. We can diminish the role of seducer egocentric Pattinson in some places and replaced it by women on the screen. A fun pastime is still guaranteed, and thanks to its star, enough viewers should find the way to the cinema.

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