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Bel Ami, a 2012 film starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman and Christina Ricci, is one film you won't be sorry you missed if you simply choose not to watch it. In all retrospect, it's not a bad movie. The plot is believable and interesting, the characters are all pretty well rounded without too much depth and the sets are very beautiful.
However, Robert Pattinson is quite a miscast. It is very obvious the entire film that he is detached and sorely lacking in some true emotions. Seeing as how he is the star, it is pretty boring watching him mildly act his way through a film that has real potential.
If you are going to see the movie, definitely expect the female performances to be the highlight. Uma Thurman was splendid. She plays a very uptight and work-driven socialite who is a firm believer in her freedom and she plays it very well. Kristin Scott Thomas is another delightful addition to this film. With not as much screen time as the other leading ladies, she manages to act out some pretty emotional and intense scenes.
The real gem is the only truly likable character in the film, Christina Ricci. Her energetic and very believable character honestly is the reason I give this film a 5 instead of a 4. She was so sweet and lovable, I found myself smiling at every scene she appeared on the screen.
If you are going to see this movie, see it for Christina Ricci, with Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas as a plus...
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