After listening to 5-10 minutes of the beginning of the movie with no picture, they finally got it working and I was able to watch My Cousin Rachel. This film is a gothic melodrama that’s based off the novel of the same name written by Daphne du Maurier in the early 50’s. Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin star as the two main characters as they bring to screen the passion and mystery between Rachel and Philip. In the story, Philip is recanting his tale and history with his Cousin Rachel, the woman that married his guardian. His guardian, Ambrose (also played by Sam Claflin), met an untimely death soon after marrying Rachel. Philip is highly suspicious of the death of his loved one, but allows the widow to stay in his home regardless. At first being anxious and angry, Philip soon begins to have feelings and it ultimately infatuated with the woman.
Weisz gives an excellent performance as Rachel. It seems that she has control of most of the screen, even though it’s Philip’s story overall. At each moment it’s hard to tell if she is a bad person or if she is a loving person. The mystery doesn’t end, even when the movie does. Claflin is excellent in his role as well. The bi-polarism in his emotions is constant as he falls deeper and deeper into both love and frustration. Both characters are dark and complex and are played perfectly by their actors. Holliday Grainger (Louise) as a supporting actor was great. The emotions of losing the man she loves to another woman were spot on.
As we are taken through the story, this melodrama shows us the romance of it – kisses, jewels, love – but it also shows us how dangerous it can be if you start to lose yourself and your beliefs. I know I lost belief in both characters multiple times throughout, not knowing which side was going to come out on top or if both would just be at a stalemate. Perhaps if I’ve read the book, which is actually on a list I have somewhere, I wouldn’t have been anxious while watching it the entire time. At multiple times I felt myself rooting for the other person, but not knowing for sure what would happen. The film kept me guessing the entire time. Even after the movie was over.
That’s one thing I don’t like, not getting answers. Still unsure of if Rachel was just using him for the money, the film didn’t leave me sated. The filming of it was dark and ominous, as it should be for this type of film. The story itself is a little too dark and awkward for my taste. It was fairly boring as the story never picked up at all. Oh and that ending, reminded me of Far From the Maddening Crowd and made be sad... Based on my rating scale, I have to say this movie is “okay,” but the acting and filming of it were great. (3/5)
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