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Great cast but no action. Nothing in this film seemed to bear fruit. Just a rehash of the classic Civil War tale showing the unspoken competition of a bunch of horny broads with no men around in quite a long while.
Farrell was badly wounded and taken in by the "seminary" (finishing school) where his injuries were treated. Kidman (the "Marm") wanted to turn him over the patrolling rebels but the younger girls were too afraid for him and later the "ladies" fell under his spell or their unmet needs. Farrell's eye for the ladies gets away from him leading to a breach of etiquette breeding unnecessary jealousy amongst the more mature of the house.
I'm not sure why this story needed retelling other than Coppola wanted to put a woman's voice into the story. At best, the subtleties of the feminine touch leave the story muted and best enjoyed by the fairer of the audience. For me, it was like watching a slow motion cat fight with the volume turned off. Plus, the ending was totally anticlimactic.
I wished I had waited for cable but, then again, I would regret not telling myself not to bother with it.
Maybe they should have cast Scott Eastwood as the male lead? :)
I saw the original WAY back when, wasn't my favorite Eastwood flick, but I watched pretty much every one of his movies back in the day.
The 1971 movie had its moments along with a dramatic conclusion one only needs to view once, as I recall. Mushrooms, iirc.
I guess it was inevitable that this movie would be remade. Hollywood seems to be issueing a remake of many of the movies made 3 generations ago.
I suppose it could be entertaining to see that group of ladies get their skirts all ruffled up over the eligible male guest suddenly within their midst. I'll wait for it to get into free tv, which probably won't be that long, I predict.
...have suggested seeing the two films back to back.
The original may be the superior one.
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