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Entertainment Armie Hammer disappoints, Kristin Scott Thomas excels in Netflix's tepid 'Rebecca' adaptation

12:40  15 october  2020
12:40  15 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Armie Hammer and Lily James in Rebecca . Photograph: Kerry Brown/ Netflix /PA. Armie Hammer ’ s three-piece is an outrageous showstopper that upstages everything and everyone in its bold As Mrs Danvers, Kristin Scott Thomas has a way of pursing her lips that would turn fresh milk into uranium

Starring Lily James, Armie Hammer , and Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs. Danvers, Manderley’ s redoubtable housekeeper, the film, which premieres this month on Netflix , offers a stylish update on du Maurier’ s text that begins with the clothes—all 1930 s -appropriate pieces that don’t actually feel so

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Armie Hammer plays the demanding Maxim de Winter alongside Lily James in Netflix's adaptation. Kerry Brown/Netflix © Kerry Brown/Netflix Armie Hammer plays the demanding Maxim de Winter alongside Lily James in Netflix's adaptation. Kerry Brown/Netflix
  • "Rebecca" is one of Netflix's big, new fall releases.
  • The film is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's classic gothic novel of the same, and it features Armie Hammer alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James.
  • While both Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James provide compelling performances, Netflix's adaptation lacks the chilling bite of du Maurier's novel.
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"Rebecca" is one of Netflix's big fall film releases and it is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's legendary gothic novel of the same name.

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Kristin Scott Thomas . Lily James and Armie Hammer were earlier cast in the film based on Daphne du Maurier' s gothic classic thriller. Working Title’ s Eric Fellner will produce, along with Tim Bevan and Nira Park. In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock directed the preeminent adaptation of Rebecca , which was

Oscar-nominated actress Kristin Scott Thomas has signed on to join Armie Hammer and Lily James in Ben Wheatley' s new adaptation of Rebecca at Netflix . Scott Thomas will play Hammer ’ s longtime housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, who was played by Judith Anderson in the original film.

The story is a splashy tale that begins in Monte Carlo where an unnamed young woman, orphaned and working as a lady's maid is swept off her feet by the dashing aristocrat Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage.

She can barely believe her luck but everything takes a sour turn when the pair return to Manderley, her new husband's vast country estate where she realizes that the ghost of his first wife Rebecca, who died in mysterious and disturbing circumstances still rings large.

Her insecurities quickly bloom out of control and Rebecca's lingering soul threatens to destroy their marriage and jeopardize their freedom.

Why you should care: "Rebecca" is a classic gothic tale and Netflix's adaptation is stacked with an A-list cast.

Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca" is a literary classic that remains one of the seminal texts in gothic literature. The book has never been out of print since its first publication in 1938, and it has sold millions of copies in many different languages.

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Netflix is getting into the period drama game. The streaming service is bringing Daphne du This adaptation has big shoes to fill. The most well-known adaptation of Rebecca starred Sir Keeley Hawes, Ann Dowd, Kristin Scott Thomas , Sam Riley, and Ben Croptom, have also joined the cast.

the truly brilliant Kristin Scott Thomas will be joining Lily James and Armie Hammer in Ben. Scott Thomas will be joining Lily James and Armie Hammer in Ben Wheatley’ s upcoming adaptation of Daphne If Netflix didn’t already take my money on a regular basis, I would be shaking it at them now.

Netflix's adaptation is directed by British writer-director Ben Wheatley who has built an acclaimed reputation with his gory, psychedelic horror films.

And the film boasts an attractive cast including Armie Hammer as the handsome widower Maxim de Winter, Kristin Scott Thomas as the frightening housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, and Lily James as the new Mrs. de Winter, a bright-eyed commoner who lives painfully in the shadows of Maxim's revered ex-wife Rebecca.

What's hot: Kristin Scott Thomas

Lily James standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Kristen Scott Thomas as the menacing Mrs. Danvers alongside Lily James. Kerry Brown/Netflix © Kerry Brown/Netflix Kristen Scott Thomas as the menacing Mrs. Danvers alongside Lily James. Kerry Brown/Netflix

Mrs. Danvers is perhaps the most ambiguous character in Du Maurier's story. She is the caretaker and chief servant at Manderley. The gatekeeper to an alien, aristocratic world: she uses her influential position at the manor to torment the new Mrs. de Winter, who she is convinced is trying to take the place of her beloved Rebecca.

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Netflix supports the Digital Advertising Alliance Principles. Starring:Lily James, Armie Hammer , Kristin Scott Thomas . Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristin Scott Thomas star in a psychological thriller based on Daphne du Maurier' s novel.

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It is never explicitly stated why Mrs. Danvers is so devoted to Rebecca, but Kristin Scott Thomas pulls from all her powers of restraint and seduction perfected across her 30-year career: the slight arch of an eyebrow, a subtle but pointed look, a small twitch of her top lip to convey the character's complex desires and insecurities, ultimately revealing the Queer sub-text tucked in between the lines by Du Maurier.

Another masterclass by Scott Thomas!

What's not: Armie Hammer

a man wearing a suit and tie standing next to a tree: Armie Hammer as Maxim de Winter in the ground of the grand Manderley estate. Kerry Brown/Netflix © Kerry Brown/Netflix Armie Hammer as Maxim de Winter in the ground of the grand Manderley estate. Kerry Brown/Netflix

Armie Hammer never manages to settle into the mysterious and uncomfortable skin of Maxim de Winter.

The emotional commitment required to pull off the role appears to be one or two decibels above Hammer's range. He is only able to perform in one-dimension and never kicks into the deeper gears that the story demands.

As a result, we have none of the haunting, muted rage of Du Maurier's novel. Instead, Hammer's performance feels like a symptom of the vapid Hollywood polish that Netflix tends to impart on all its general cinematic offerings.

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Rebecca Trailer — Ben Wheatley‘s Rebecca (2020) movie trailer has been released by Netflix and stars Lily James, Armie Hammer , Kristin Scott Thomas , Keeley Hawes, and Ann Dowd. But here we are. Netflix ’ s new adaptation of Rebecca is out next month, with Armie Hammer playing Maxim

Rebecca on Netflix : What' s it about? For those who aren't yet familiar with the story, Netflix summarises the series as "a mesmerising and "After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter ( Armie Hammer ), a newly married young woman (Lily James)

The role of the challenging, demanding, and mysterious Englishman is much better executed by Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson's 2019 film "Phantom Thread," another loose descendant of Du Maurier's novel.

The bottom line: We don't need any more "Rebecca" because we all know everything that happens in "Rebecca."

a person wearing a hat: Lily James as the new Mrs. de Winter. Kerry Brown/Netflix © Kerry Brown/Netflix Lily James as the new Mrs. de Winter. Kerry Brown/Netflix

Daphne du Maurier's novel is an unshakeable classic. "Rebecca" has enjoyed countless adaptations - Hollywood, Bollywood, stage, opera, and radio – the most famous is, of course, Alfred Hitchcock's beloved 1940s Oscar-winning film; therefore, the clever plotting that forces audiences into submission, and is so fundamental to the success of all its predecessors, is missing in Netflix's adaptation.

In short, we don't need any more "Rebecca" because we all know everything that happens in "Rebecca."

Speaking with Empire magazine after the film's trailer was released in September, director Ben Wheatley said that he didn't want to make a Hitchcock adaptation, he instead wanted to make "something that had more love in it."

And indeed, we feel Mr. Wheatley's intentions through the film's hearty production design and punchy costumes.

But this simply doesn't fit Du Maurier's novel. "Rebecca" is not a story about love. It is a cold tale about jealously and how far jealously entwined in social anxieties around class, gender, and sexuality can take the human psyche into oblivion.

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Netflix's world of Manderley is far too small and simple to make any real interventions into a ghost story known and loved by so many.

Grade: C

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