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My Cousin Rachel - 1 Star

An atrocity of a film. Utter garbage.

A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

Sam Caflin is a talented actor, but this film doesn’t know what it’s doing with any of its cast. The tonality is mixed between romantic drama, horror and suspense. It doesn’t succeed in capturing any of its attempted tones. It’s not frightening, it doesn’t have an engaging story and none of the characters are nice enough to empathise or relate with. Rachel Weisz is okay as Rachel, but doesn’t actually get much material to work with. Iain Glen is terrible, but again, the writing contributes a lot to his bad performance.

Overall with no plot or clear direction this film fails in every attempt to be enjoyable.

1 Star

Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay

Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas

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