In the realms of Hollywood, often times redundant usage of film strips reveal only what a million others have already revealed; the story has been seen over and over again with nothing to make the film stand out from others alike. One that has recently followed in the many mundane footsteps is Bel Ami. Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, this film at first glance seemed noteworthy. The cast alone is beautiful enough to be arrested with attention, yet the film does not give the viewer enough to stay focused on. The pace is slow and the story line is even more of a disappointment.
Released earlier in the year, Bel Ami tells the story of a young man named Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson) who moved to Paris in hopes of making his fortune. As the ex-British military man begins his journey he unexpectedly meets an old acquaintance, Charles Forestier (Phillip Glenister), who gives the young man a break by allowing him to write an article for his newspaper. With this new chance for success, Georges Duroy begins his rise to power in the great city of Paris. The only thing holding him back is himself. His seductive demeanor and good looks allow him to manipulate the city’s most… (click link above to continue)