Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Bel Ami’

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Jan Wahl Movie Review: 'Bel Ami'

Robert Pattinson & Kristin Scott Thomas (credit: Magnolia Pictures)

(CBS SF) – KCBS Entertainment Reporter, Jan Wahl reviews ‘Bel Ami’ staring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci.


After seeing Robert Pattinson in Water for Elephants, it was clear this young actor had talent beyond the Twilight series. In this new period romance, Bel Ami (R), he plays a man traveling through 1890’s Paris, from the poor cockroach infested garrets to opulent homes and salons.

Using his wits and seduction, he goes from poverty to wealth. His women include Uma Thurman as the wife of a journalist; Christina Ricci and Kristen Scott Thomas also take an interest in him and his future.

Pattinson anchors it all as the poor boy coming to the big city to make good, and it is a journey worth taking with him. The movie also shows the power of sex and politics and the obsession of celebrity.

Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant.

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You can hear KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl’s movie reviews on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm.

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