In Paris, 1890, a penniless young man (Robert Pattinson) is befriended by three married women and quickly becomes the stud muffin du jour. He acquires money and power but learns being a boy toy can be complicated.
Based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, this rags-to-riches tale has lavish sets and costumes and beautiful photography. The three female leads (Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurmon) are outstanding. The same cannot be said for Pattinson, however; his character is neither handsome nor appealing and so the story falls flat. Also, his dialogue, which deals with emotionally-charged subjects like love and hate and loyalty and betrayal, is stoically-delivered with an unflinching poker-face. He doesn't have the charisma required to make his role believable.
If you are a fan of Robert Pattinson, you'll enjoy the movie, but to me, he's still doing his teenage vampire thing. My take: 3 stars.
Star Rating: There is something to be said about a character we know we’re not going to like from the very start, and who spends an entire film working towards making us like him even less. Such a man is Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson), who, in Bel Ami, connives his way up the social ladder of late nineteenth century Paris in a selfish and cruel effort to not be poor. Never once does he tempt us to see things from his perspective or to sympathize with … more